Do you want to make a difference in your community? People count on the American Red Cross to help in times of crisis. You can make a difference by joining the Red Cross as a volunteer. It’s the power of its volunteer corps that enables the organization to deliver its mission of providing hope and help.
Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in our community. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been destroyed by a fire; teaching first aid, CPR and other lifesaving skills; supporting blood drives; or helping veterans, members of the military stationed overseas and their families at home.
Right now, the Red Cross especially needs people who are willing to respond to disasters. Each year, Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to local families faced with rebuilding after disasters. Volunteers are needed to assist families with immediate needs after a disaster and help guide them on their road to recovery.
The majority of Red Cross Disaster Service volunteers are retired and searching for a rewarding experience by making a difference in their communities. There are even married couples searching for opportunities to do something together, and enjoy the volunteer experience. These volunteers are Red Cross Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) members, responding to local disasters that occur, such as house fires, flooding and snow storms. Some also volunteer during national disasters like Superstorm Sandy.
People don’t have to have any special skills, only the desire to help others. It’s a simple process to become a volunteer and the Red Cross provides all of the training.
Join the movement. You might find your own life changed. People interested in volunteering can go to www.RedCross.org and type in their zip code to reach the local Red Cross office and find out more information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer.
– Submitted by Amy Whittaker, American Red Cross, Public Affairs Director