continued Russell is a strong ambassador for the program. When she first went in 2011 five local people went along. Last year there were nine. This year 22. Russell would like to reach 35 NY-VT participants.
“The kids (NCCC students) know about it now and want to be involved,” Russell said. “That’s why we go in March, during spring break.”
The trip is rewarding, but it’s also expensive. Each member of the team must pay for transportation and food as well as bring medical supplies.
NY-VT Nurses Unite has raised about $15,000 for its trip, but needs more. Any shortfall will be bourne by the travelers. Upcoming fund-raising events include Whirlies World in Middlebury Sunday, Feb. 24, at noon and a bake sale at Stewart’s in Port Henry Sunday, March 3, at 9 a.m.
The group also accepts donations on its website www.empowered.org/NY-VT-Nurses-Unite-Med-Brigade-March-2013-Honduras. Donations can also be mailed to NY-VT Nurses United, 3489 NYS Rt. 74, Ticonderoga 12883.
For more information Email nyvtnursesunite@gmail