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Help People with Disabilities Access Vaccines

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ORGANIZATION: Independence First

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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Individuals with disabilities struggle with lack of access to reliable transportation, healthcare, employment, education, food, and other resources. Despite being at an increased risk for COVID-19, people with disabilities also face greater barriers to getting vaccines. In response, Independence First has taken steps to raise awareness of these issues through ad campaigns, vaccine clinics, and outreach.As an extension of those efforts, Independence First will host a Friendly Check In Phone Bank for Vaccines on Friday, January 27th from 12:30-4PM at the office at 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee.

Volunteers will call people with disabilities to check in and see if they are having any problems. Volunteers will also share information about the latest booster and how to find a vaccination site. If individuals would like to get a vaccine but face barriers to doing so, or if they are experiencing other issues, they can be connected to resources available to them through Independence First. These friendly phone calls will help connect people with disabilities to resources that can be life-saving, as well as help Independence First better understand the needs of the people they serve.

No experience or knowledge is needed to volunteer as training and a script will be provided, making this event a fun, easy way to help people with disabilities. Register as an individual or part of a group!

To sign up, or if you have questions or need accommodations to volunteer, please contact Lorna Pecard at LPecard@independencefirst.org

About Independence First

Independence First is THE resource for people with disabilities. We offer programs, workshops, and services of all kinds for various age groups. More than 50% of our on-site staff, managers, and board members have disabilities themselves; this peer-lead approach has excellent outcomes.

Independence First is a fragrance free facility to accommodate individuals with chemical sensitivities; please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and other fragrances in the building.

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About Independence First

Location:

540 South 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204, US

Mission Statement

As a Center for Independent Living, Independence First has a vision for full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of our community and commits itself toward this end. Independence First helps to empower individuals with disabilities through five core services: advocacy, independent living skills, information and referral, peer support, and transition services.

Description

Independence First is THE resource for people with disabilities.

We offer more than 40 programs and workshops and services of all kinds for various age groups. Independence First provides programs on disability awareness, independent living skills, and recreation. We work with individuals and families to help people successfully live in the community, helping with resources from assistive technology to home modification to personal care or supportive home care services.

Independence First also provides programming like art classes, cooking classes, peer support groups and mentors, and even adaptive video gaming. More than 50% of our staff, managers, and Board have disabilities themselves and this peer-lead approach has excellent outcomes.

Our services include benefits counseling and Personal Care Support. We advocate for change and inclusivity, and help people who want to stay or move into an independent living situation in their own home instead of institutions.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support
People with Disabilities
Advocacy & Human Rights, Crisis Support, People with Disabilities

WHEN

Fri Jan 27, 2023
12:30 PM - 04:00 PM

WHERE

540 S 1st StreetMilwaukee, WI 53204

(43.02566,-87.91034)
 

SKILLS

  • Advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • Bilingual
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • We will have a brief training beginning at 12:30, then volunteers will make and document phone calls until 3:45PM at which point we will wrap up and celebrate all their hard work!
  • Volunteers will sign an event waiver and a non-disclosure agreement stating they will not share personal information disclosed in phone calls except with Independence First.

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