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Regional Volunteers Helping Over Holiday Weekend


While most of the country is enjoying the long 4th of July holiday weekend, hundreds of American Red Cross disaster volunteers will spend the holiday away from their homes and loved ones helping people impacted by disasters. 

Several volunteers are still offering support to folks in Orlando after the horrific mass shooting. Peggy McGee-Smith of the Western New York community of Kenmore remains in Orlando providing Mental Health Services. 

Almost 500 volunteers are helping people affected by the devastating flooding in West Virginia where there could be as many as 2,000 homes damaged or destroyed. The volunteers are supporting shelters and providing meals, relief supplies, health services and emotional support. Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting with individuals to help them plan their next steps. 

Eleven volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are assisting residents impacted by flooding in West Virginia. Eight of them are on location, while three others are providing services virtually. 

Central New York Chapter 

May Becker, Fayetteville – Client Casework (virtual) 

Dan Harmony, Cicero – Financial and Statistical Information Management (virtual) 

Paula Hueber, Syracuse – Health Services 

Greater Rochester Chapter 

Lucille Frisicano, Webster – Health Services 

John Griffiths, Rochester – Health Services 

Bonnie Nolen, Rush – Client Casework (virtual) 

Sarah Perkins, Pittsford – Disaster Assessment 

Western New York Chapter 

Carmella Bartimole, Olean – Disaster Mental Health 

Marieanna Elliott, Hamburg – Disaster Mental Health 

Charlene Hanson, Niagara Falls – Health Services 

Diane Sargent, Lockport – Disaster Assessment 

Additionally, Red Cross volunteers from throughout the country remain in California in areas impacted by wildfires, in portions of Texas affected by flooding, and in Canada helping people displaced by the fires in Alberta which began two weeks ago. 

Volunteers are continually helping with smaller emergencies such as home fires.