WMDART is in need of dedicated volunteers of all backgrounds and skillsets who care about the welfare of animals. Because our work is a critical part of emergency planning and response, there are important requirements for Membership. If you are interested in joining a DART team, please begin by filling about an application online on the MAResponds site (link below). After that you will be contacted by a Team Leader who will notify you of an upcoming meeting and assist you with completing your training requirements.
Here is what to do if you want to become a DART Volunteer:
1. Complete MA Responds registration
MA Responds is the State’s volunteer management system that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to effectively respond to disasters and public health emergencies. This database system was designed to enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to prepare for and respond to disasters and health related emergencies. It ensures that volunteers are quickly identified and credentialed, so they can be properly utilized in response to a disaster or public health emergency.
***To fill out a DART Volunteer Application, Go to www.MAResponds.org***
You will be asked to affiliate with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit in your county of residence – because MRC is the parent organization of DART Teams in our region.
2.Complete and mail a CORI Authorization Form. After you fill out the Background Check portion of your MA responds application completely, you can download a ‘pre-populated form’ from the site, have it notarized and send it to the address on the bottom of the form. Note: even though you fill out the info in MAResponds, you still have to send in a paper form with an original signature.
3. Complete Training Requirements
Volunteers are needed for many tasks and we welcome your participation. Those volunteers who want to interface with animals in a disaster or emergency shelter situation must complete training requirements before they can be ‘deployed’ with the team.
Click Here for a list of training requirements.