How to become a Red Cross volunteer

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Red Cross volunteers touch lives every day. They are as diverse as the people receiving Red Cross services. It takes all kinds of men and women to make this organization work – different ages, different backgrounds, and different skills.

When disaster strikes, Red Cross volunteers are there to provide food, shelter, essential relief supplies and hope to individuals displaced by fires, floods and storms. At the same time, Red Cross disaster preparedness volunteers work with children to help them understand the importance of personal and family preparedness, local hazards and basic coping skills. They canvass neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and work together to form shelter teams that are trained to provide immediate community support during larger-scale situations.

When military recruits prepare to leave for military service, Red Cross volunteers are there with them, explaining how the Red Cross will support them and their families throughout their military career and beyond. Red Cross volunteers can be found on every United States military base throughout the world, providing support and services.

Red Cross volunteers help with the collection of over 40% of the nation’s blood supply, they provide health and mental health services following local and national disasters, and they support the international community when called upon.

Although the Red Cross in Erie has volunteer opportunities to match all skill sets and interest areas, we are especially looking for individuals to serve on our disaster relief team. By becoming a Red Cross volunteer, you will make a difference in the lives of others. Won’t you join us? 

Learn more about opportunities in your area by visiting redcross.org/volunteer or by contacting Rex Rossey at rex.rossey@redcross.org or 814-688-0649.

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