OSERVS plans fund-raiser

Oktibbeha County’s newest charitable agency is kicking off fund-raising to support the programs it plans to implement in emergency and disaster response and education.
OSERVS — an acronym for Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services — will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday at Applebee’s in Starkville.
Helping out with the OSERVS fundraiser will be Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen and members of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, who will be acting as servers for the event.
For $5 per person, those attending the breakfast can enjoy pancakes, sausage, bacon and a drink.
The breakfast will raise money to help OSERVS get a jump in its four-pronged mission:
• To provide training opportunities for the public in disaster preparedness and response, including training for participation in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), CPR and First Aid, neighborhood/subdivision/school/university preparedness and response and for various volunteer programs.
• To work directly with the Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency in disaster response through coordination of volunteer efforts, including CERT activation and deployment, damage assessment handling shelter and feeding operations if called upon and coordinating mass care operations, including fund-raising to support response efforts.
• To provide opportunities for community members to volunteer in emergency and disaster response through programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Medical Reserve Corps and CERTs.
• To serve as local coordinating agent with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), helping to ensure effective response when emergency and disaster situations arise.
The pancake breakfast is the first of several planned fundraising events for OSERVS, which has formally incorporated with the Secretary of State’s Office and has applied for nonprofit 501(c)3 status with the Mississippi Tax Commission.
For more information about OSERVS or donating to the organization, contact Executive Director Becky Wilkes by e-mail at oservsdirector@gmail.com.