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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter seeking volunteers for Luke Air Force Base

Volunteers need at Luke Air Force Base

PHOENIX (July 19, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is seeking volunteers for its Service to the Armed Forces program operated at Luke Air Force Base – an opportunity to perform a variety of functions, while also contributing to the community and helping the military.

Volunteers are needed in the pharmacies, at the information desk and at the TRICARE desk in the clinics. Shifts for volunteers are lined up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from noon to 4 p.m., and there’s a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift in the pharmacies as well. Shift assignments are extremely flexible, allowing volunteers to decide how many days they’re available to work and to choose which shifts they want to work.

High school juniors and seniors and college students are encouraged to give their time, as volunteering for the American Red Cross provides a chance to build a resume. Volunteers are desired most for the pharmacies, where interaction with the retirement community is a primary component, said Erika Powell, Grand Canyon Chapter Volunteer Coordinator.

“It’s a great way to give back to the retirement community, who are the primary customers of the pharmacies at Luke Air Force Base,” Powell said. “We have a very large retiree group being where we’re located. It’s just a good way to give back to the military, a good way to spend some of your off time serving the military community.”

Background checks are mandatory for all volunteers, along with a hospital orientation, basic life support training and an updated immunization record. To apply to become a volunteer, please visit https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.