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Stepping Forward as a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer

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It would be a great opportunity to get to know more people and to help.

Carolin and Jeus Pfaffenbad, Residents of Germany who are in South Carolina temporarily for a work assignment, stepped forward as Red Cross volunteers to assist with Hurricane Matthew preparations. Carolin and Jeus saw and article about Red Cross disaster preparations in the Post & Courrier and decided to see if they could be of assistance to their friends and neighbors dealing with the approach of Hurricane Matthew.

“It’s a good thing to help people. It doesn’t matter if you are German or American, we are all people," said Jeus.

Back in Germany Jeus has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 12 years. Carolin is a social worker. Neither of them have prior experience as Red Cross volunteers, but after brief training they have found a role helping to staff a Red Cross shelter.

You can follow the lead of Carolin and Jeus by becoming a volunteer with the Red Cross to assist your friends and neighbors. Volunteers are currently helping with sheltering, feeding, and operational support.

“It would be a great opportunity to get to know more people and to help,” said Jeus.

Getting started is easy. New volunteers can visit redcross.org/sc and click on volunteer to start their application. Red Cross volunteer training is free and open to the public. A background check will be performed on every volunteer applicant.

Picture Caption: American Red Cross Shelter Lead Volunteer Ed Ballard reviews sheltering procedures with new Red Cross volunteers Carolin and Jeus Pfaffenbach.