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American Red Cross to Offer Zero 2 Hero Event

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The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will offer a special Zero 2 Hero event in Rushville on January 22-24, 2016. Zero 2 Hero is a unique opportunity for people who would like to fast track becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer. In just one weekend, Zero 2 Hero participants will go through the entire process of becoming a trained Red Cross disaster volunteer. The Red Cross encourages anyone who has considered becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer to attend the Zero 2 Hero event. In addition to the training, participants will learn more about Red Cross disaster response and volunteer opportunities.

“Red Cross disaster volunteers are trained to respond to all types of disasters and the Zero 2 Hero event is a great opportunity for new volunteers to fast track that training into one weekend,” said Alyssa Pollock, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “We have had a lot of interest from people in and around Fulton, Schuyler and McDonough counties and we are excited to be able to offer this unique event for potential volunteers in that area.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers in the Central and Southern Illinois Region responded to 856 disasters and assisted more than 1,100 families. Disaster response in the Central and Southern Illinois Region included tornadoes, flooding, severe storms and home fires. Trained volunteers provided feeding, opened and staffed shelters, offered health and mental health services, assisted with long-term recovery planning and advocacy for disaster victims. Red Cross volunteers truly are heroes because they offer help and hope to those in need.

The Zero 2 Hero event is free, but registration is requested. To register or learn more about Zero 2 Hero or other Red Cross volunteer opportunities, email or call (217)222-2477 ext. 7304.