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Red Cross Seeking Volunteers in West Central Minnesota

I recommend that anyone become a Red Cross volunteer–it’s an experience of a lifetime, says Fleener.

Volunteers needed! The American Red Cross is currently recruiting volunteers for the West Central Minnesota Chapter serving Douglas, Grant and Traverse Counties. The greatest need is for volunteers to assist with disaster response, both locally and nationally.

Tacy Fleener, an Alexandria resident, has been a Red Cross disaster volunteer for 30 years and recently volunteered with the Superstorm Sandy response. She’s a huge proponent of Red Cross volunteering.

“I recommend that anyone become a Red Cross volunteer–it’s an experience of a lifetime,” says Fleener.

Red Cross volunteers respond to disasters of all shapes and sizes, from single-family home fires to tornadoes and floods. Local volunteers are needed to assist families with immediate needs after a disaster and ensure the Red Cross is prepared for future disaster responses. Volunteers also have the opportunity to deploy to national responses after they have had local experience.

Now is a great time to get involved, as the Red Cross is offering two disaster training classes for new volunteers at their Alexandria location in the coming month. Disaster Services: An Overview will be offered on April 23 from 6:30-9:30 PM, and Disaster Action Team Orientation will be offered on May 7 from 6:30-9:30 PM.

Interested volunteers should contact Ken Voigt at the West Central Minnesota Red Cross at 320-763-3800 or kenneth.voigt@redcross.org. Volunteers will need to complete a brief application and interview before attending classes. Please contact Ken by Friday, April 19 to allow enough time for these activities prior to the class offerings.

“Make the time, take some classes and experience the opportunity to give back to others, because you never know when you will need it yourself,” says Fleener. “Some of the friends you meet will touch your heart for a lifetime.”