Have you heard of RVs 4 MDs?
I hadn’t either until I got an email from Shannon Cole on Wednesday, describing a new Facebook group that links up medical professionals with generous RV owners across the world.
What started out as a wife’s plea in Texas to help her family has developed into a global movement. The group has matched up eight people so far in the state of Arkansas, including a nurse at Baptist Health in Fort Smith, two health care professionals in the Fayetteville area and several in Little Rock. RVs 4 MDs have also partnered with Camping World and KOA. Select KOA's are donating campsites for healthcare workers to park their donated RV's/campers, Shannon Cole of RVs 4 MDs writes.
As the story goes, in a rural area north of Dallas, Emily Phillips took to Facebook in the mid-afternoon of March 22 to ask friends and family for any connections to a temporary housing solution for her husband, ER physician Dr. Jason Phillips. Working on the front lines in the emergency room alongside coronavirus patients, Dr. Philllips was concerned and afraid to come home from work and potentially affect his family after being exposed to germs and infection. A friend of his wife’s saw her post, connected her with another friend Holly Haggard, and by 5 p.m. that same day, Emily and Jason had picked up an RV from the Haggards and began a new way of temporary living.
By 11 p.m. March 24 the RVs 4 MDs to Fight the Corona Virus official Facebook group was created and its popularity quickly spread. Emily and Holly recruited friends and other volunteers to join their mission, delegate duties, and bring more volunteers on board. People from all over the country began to comment, share, and step up to help, a news release from RVS 4 MDs says.
"People are coming out of the woodwork, that once felt powerless - and now they have purpose," says Emily Phillips.
RVs 4 MDs has grown to have over 32,000 members as of Thursday morning.
"It doesn’t matter how you vote, or what your race, religion, or social status is… this is all about love and kindness," Holly Haggard writes. "This is what America should be about. Complete strangers coming together, offering help to someone they’ve never met, and changing lives forever."
The mission of RVs 4 MDs is to connect RV owners willing to donate their mobile accommodations to front line medical/healthcare worker and first responders, who need of a safe place to quarantine in order to protect their own families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contacting RVs for MDs
To become an RV Donor, the first step is to join the public Facebook group, and then complete a designated Google Form. Front line medical/healthcare workers or first responders currently affected by COVID-19, can join the public Facebook group, and then complete and submit a different designated Google Form.
Once submitted, Google Forms will be reviewed by volunteer team members and the matching process will begin. In the meantime, potential donors and recipients can enter their respective city and/or states into the search bar in the Facebook group, to start connecting with others in their area. Volunteer Directors representing each state can get involved to help make the best and most geographically efficient match for each donor and recipient. Once a match is made, the RV donor and recipient work out the specific details and arrangements together. No money is exchanged, as the group is based on strictly 100% donations.
To volunteer for RVs for MDs, contact Amber Bouton at AmberB.RVsforMDs@gmail.com.
If a company or organization would like to discuss a partnership with RVs for MDs, contact LaRayne Quale at firstname.lastname@example.org.