Volunteer shortage has Greater Chenango Cares coordinators on edge

NORWICH – With less than a week before the start of the Greater Chenango Cares Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) at the Norwich High School, event organizers are making a final desperate call for help.

The Chenango United Way, the lead organization in recruiting volunteers for the Greater Chenango Cares initiative, is still 300 volunteers short of the 900 needed to ensure the event runs seamlessly. Despite recruiting more than 600 sets of helping hands in June, the United Way says there’s worry that the shortage will keep the IRT program from reaching its full potential.

Greater Chenango Cares is a collaboration with the United States Department of Defense that will bring dozens of service men and women into the area to provide no-cost health care, dental, vision and veterinary services to community members. Referrals will also be given to patients in need of further care.

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