American Red Cross Seeking Volunteers to Help People Affected by Disasters
The American Red Cross (redcross.org) is experiencing a shortage of volunteers in the midst of large-scale wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters across as many as 10 states and affecting tens of thousands of people. Especially in need are shelter-service associates and shelter supervisors, disaster health services associates and supervisors, blood-donor support, and virtual volunteers from home to work via the internet. See a list and descriptions of these and other volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday.
“It has been an incredibly busy time for the Red Cross with thousands of disaster works responding to help people whose lives were turned upside down by wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters,” said Region Executive for the Nebraska-Iowa Region of the Red Cross. “They need your help now. Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer, donating to help people affected by disasters—or by giving blood today.”
Besides volunteering, those wishing to help people affected by disasters can make a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Financial gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters, big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 800-red-cross, or text the word “disaster” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. In addition, the current onslaught of disasters and the complexities caused by COVID-19 have results in cancellation of blood drives, leading to a call for blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. Learn more about donating blood or platelets at redcross.org/give-blood.