Dear Volunteers,

We are once again looking for eyecare volunteers for Grundy,Virginia October 3 &4,2015.

The area is absolutely beautiful to visit in October and you will love the people and the place. I usually request for the eye care volunteers to stay at the Breaks as it is such a special place; but you can probably stay closer in town if you prefer. We need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists,  Ophthalmic Techs and Paraoptometrics.

Below are the volunteers that I have committed for Grundy so far.

Sandy Stiltner and Frannie Minton are the Co-Chairs once again.

If you would like to volunteer ( please do!) please complete the following:

1. Go to  www.ramusa.org and go to register. If you have volunteered with RAM previously just log in a register for the Grundy clinic. If you have not volunteered before register as a volunteer and then as a separate task register for the Grundy Clinic . If you have any questions about registration please contact Oriane from RAM Inc. Orianeleake@ramusa.org

2, For out of state volunteers you will need to complete an out of state form, send in $10 to the Virginia Board or Optometry or Medicine, and have a sponsor form sent. This will need to be done by mid September. Contact Oriane Orianeleake@ramusa.org  so we can get this taken care of if needed.

3. If you need lodging please let me know so I can get a room secured for you. If you register and then cannot attend you must let me know so we can cancel the rooms.

4. If you are volunteering for the Eyecare team please let me know as well so I know who will be there. dvcclear@aol.com

5. S,S means volunteering Saturday and Sunday. Lodging Friday and Saturday nights. F=setup on Friday at2 pm

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021