Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Children's Disaster Services Workshop, March 28-29, 2014

The Virginia chapter of VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) passes along this unique training opportunity starting this Friday, March 28:

Children's Disaster Services is an organization that screens and trains volunteers who set up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the country.

A Children's Disaster Services volunteer works with a child after the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado. Photo: CDS on Facebook
By caring for children, CDS volunteers ease the burden of parents, and use toys, art, play, and other techniques to help children start to recover after a disaster.

CDS volunteers helps a child paint after Tropical Storm Issac in 2012. Photo: CDS on Facebook

The Arlington, Virginia workshop starts Friday, March 28, running overnight through Saturday, March 29, at Marymount University in Arlington:

Marymount University
1000 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207

The registration fee is $55, and participants (over the age of 18) should bring a sleeping bag and personal items, because the 27-hour workshop includes an overnight stay in a simulated shelter.

In addition, workshop participants will get hands-on training on how to set up a Children's Disaster Service Center, and how to provide a calm, safe, and reassuring environment after a disaster. (See more details about the workshops.)

To register and to get additional contact information, visit:


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