PRESCOTT (Aug. 31, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter will hold an open house Tuesday, Sept. 4 at its Prescott office, allowing existing volunteers to learn more about the organization they serve and giving prospective volunteers a chance to contribute to their community.
All are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1020 Sandretto Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305. Existing volunteers can update their information, and prospective volunteers can begin the process of signing up to join the Red Cross. New Red Cross staff members will be on hand, and information about upcoming Red Cross blood drives in Prescott will be available. Light refreshments also will be served.
The Red Cross has about 30 volunteers in Yavapai County, but “there will be a lot bigger presence,” said Mike Tomkins, a Prescott resident who started with the Red Cross in August as Emergency Services Specialist for Yavapai County. “What we’ve been looking at doing is having another group in the Verde Valley, so it will give us faster coverage,” he added. “If we have to respond to the Verde Valley, it takes us almost two hours to get there, so we’re hoping we can get a crew down there.”
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.