Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, MITAGS’ staff members immediately started giving back to their local communities. Here is just a handful of volunteer activities and donations that have occurred since March:
- MITAGS donated classroom medical PPE supplies to the Emergency Room staff of Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Formally known as North Arundel Hospital, BWMC’s ER staff has hosted students of MITAGS’ maritime medical training programs for over 29 years. This collaboration has provided invaluable real life experience and knowledge to MITAGS’ maritime medical education participants in handling both routine and emergency situations at sea.MITAGS thanks BWMC’s ER staff members for training their students and for the critical care they continue to provide to the community! Also, thank you to Jim Clements Departmental Chair for the Department of Safety, Security and Human Factors, for dropping off these supplies!
- John Carpenter, Maritime Conference Center’s ‘audio-visual guru’ and his wife Lori, put their cooking skills (and smoker) to the test by cooking and packaging homemade smoked meatloaves, as well as 60 pounds of pulled pork and 40 pounds of brisket, so far, for elderly couples and those with underlying conditions who are most at risk by leaving their homes. Each package is delivered with a note to let people know they are loved and that someone cares. We thank John and Lori for the service to their community, and we are so proud to have them as part of the Maritime family!
- MITAGS’ West Coast team members have donated to a variety of local charities, including Food Line and Khan Academy for Kids. Many are also supporting local small businesses and eateries during their shelter in place by ordering take out multiple times during the week.
- MITAGS’ Lead Simulator Operator and NSAP Program Manager, Catie Gianelloni and her husband Todd have participated in multiple volunteer activities during the past month and a half including making and donating 65 sack lunches to Manna House every other week, and serving and delivering meals for the Prince of Peace Church in Edgewood, MD. Catie has also sewn several dozen masks for local healthcare and emergency response services including Holy Red Cross Hospital, Upper Chesapeake, and Harford County EMS and firefighting services.
- MITAGS Director, Eric Friend has also been busy with volunteer activities through his church and through Donate Delaware during the current pandemic. Eric reached out to Larry Walther who is a MITAGS adjunct MSC Small Arms instructor, and who also happens to be an instructor with the Delaware State Police. Larry made Eric aware of a critical need. Eric helped collect and deliver 500 masks and 6 cases of hand sanitizer to Troop 6 of the Delaware State Police. In addition, Eric worked with his church to provide 500 meals and household supplies to families in Delaware. Eric didn’t stop there, he and his neighbor, who is part of a local IBEW, partnered with Eric’s church on a sheet drive allowing a volunteer ‘army’ of sewers to make face masks. They were hoping for 1000 donated sheets, but instead, received over 2200 sheets and 8 rolls of fabric! By Eric’s estimates this should be enough to make over 60,000 masks for those that cannot afford or do not have easy access to a mask. Eric also recently participated in “Hope Packs,” an initiative that he and a friend developed. This initiative has directly impacted about 500 homeless people in Delaware, of which 279 are homeless Veterans. They collected a variety of donations for basic needs and will serve these to the community over a 3-week period thanks to 225 people volunteering their time with Eric.