Three families have found themselves displaced from their Maple Street apartments in Rutland, Vermont after a late morning fire. In response, the Red Cross has mobilized its resources in support of those affected. Volunteers trained in case management are meeting the families to determine emergency needs. Assistance with temporary lodging and financial support to replace food and clothing will be offered.
Each disaster response is a bit different for our volunteers, with today’s being no exception. At least one of the residents is being provided help to replace medications lost to the fire. In addition, a volunteer trained in disaster mental health headed to the scene to lend support to residents who have encountered a very distressing and disruptive life event. Recovery begins the moment a disaster strikes, and the goal of American Red Cross disaster services is to ensure that the help needed is available through the delivery of timely and compassionate support of our volunteers.
Building and maintaining a strong corps of volunteers is of paramount importance to the American Red Cross. As an organization whose disaster services workforce is more than 90% volunteer, there is a keen recognition of their vital role in fulfilling our mission. Without our volunteers, we could not convert the generosity of our donors into action and support for those in need in the wake of disasters. In our region alone, this combination of generosity, compassion and dedication will be called upon more than 150 times this year.
To be an American Red Cross volunteer, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided. To learn more about the American Red Cross volunteer experience, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext.107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.