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Volunteer to Help Save Lives over MLK Day Weekend

Volunteer to Help Save Lives over MLK Day Weekend
Volunteers are needed in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Woodland Park

American Red Cross volunteers and partners will make a major push to save lives in multiple communities in Colorado and Wyoming Jan. 15-18, 2016.

Because home fires are the No. 1 disaster the Red Cross responds to, the campaign will focus on visiting homes to install lifesaving smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety. 

The Red Cross is still in need of volunteers to participate in the project in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Woodland Park. This is a one-day volunteer project that requires about 4 hours of volunteer time. It’s an excellent opportunity for groups, corporations and families with children over age 12. Volunteers are briefed with everything they need to know in order to carry out the campaign, and are provided with all the tools and resources necessary to help save lives.

To sign up to volunteer in Denver and Boulder, click here:

To sign up to volunteer in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, contact Dana Goldsmith at  

The campaign will target neighborhoods with high risk for home-fire-related deaths and injuries in the following locations:

  • Boulder (Jan. 16)
  • Federal Heights (Jan. 16)
  • Parachute (by appointment)
  • Bayfield (by appointment)
  • Mesa County (by appointment)
  • Fort Collins (Jan. 18)
  • Woodland Park (Jan. 18)
  • Rocky Ford (by appointment)
  • Salida (Jan. 18)
  • Leadville (Jan. 18)
  • Security (Jan. 18)
  • The Wind River Indian Reservation (Wyoming, Jan. 18)
  • The event is part of the annual, nationwide Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, which aims to promote volunteerism in honor of the legacy of the historic Civil Rights leader. It is also part of a much larger, five-year campaign that the Red Cross launched last year with the goal of reducing deaths and injuries caused by home fires. 

    Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

    “Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half,” said Christine Manson de Rabe, American Red Cross Senior Disaster Program Manager, “This is a simple and effective way to save lives. So, we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms and help people understand the importance of having an escape plan.”