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American Red Cross to host volunteer orientation in Waterford

Fire Safety
More volunteers are needed to help those impacted by disaster.

The American Red Cross will host new volunteer orientation at the American Red Cross Waterford office, 200 Post Road, Waterford, Connecticut  on Wednesday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Red Cross is seeking volunteers for all lines of service and leadership positions but is especially looking for volunteers interested in becoming Disaster Action Team members. The Disaster Action Team members primarily assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a home fire or other disaster.

“Disaster Action Team members are needed every day across our region,” said Chris Baker, Regional Chief Disaster Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut & Rhode Island Region. “On average, we respond to about two home fires per day, and our volunteers are the ones who answer the call to provide assistance. More volunteers are needed to help those impacted by disaster.”

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes. Last year, the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region responded to nearly 1,200 disasters, the majority of which were home fires.

“We are headed into the winter season, which is a notoriously busy time for home fires,” said Baker. “We want to invite volunteers to join us now, so we can have them trained and ready to help when their neighbors experience a disaster.”

The hour-long orientation session is designed to introduce new volunteers to the history of the Red Cross and to learn about all of the local volunteer opportunities available. In addition to disaster action team volunteers, there are a variety of leadership and other volunteer opportunities available that utilize a variety of skillsets and availability. Those interested in attending the session or becoming a volunteer must register in advance online at redcross.org/ct/volunteer or by calling 860-678-2788 for more information.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

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