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Zero to Hero Disaster Volunteer Training Being Offered

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Are you ready to be a Red Cross hero?

Zero to Hero is a fast-track training opportunity for new Red Cross disaster volunteers. If you have ever considered becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer, Zero to Hero is great opportunity to get on board quickly! In just one weekend, participants will complete all of the basic disaster volunteer training and be ready to respond to disasters.

Zero to Hero participants will complete a variety of Red Cross courses including Psychological First Aid, Sheltering and Client Casework and learn firsthand from staff and current volunteers how the Red Cross helps those affected by disasters.

Registration is now open for Zero to Hero training events on February 3-5 in Charleston, February 10-12 in Bloomington and March 24-26 in Danville. Plans are in the works for a Zero to Hero session in Mt. Vernon and Quincy later this spring.

Last year, Red Cross volunteers in the Central and Southern Illinois Region assisted more than 1,300 families following a disaster, most of which were home fires. Red Cross volunteers receive training to provide comfort and care to those affected by disasters.

In addition to responding locally, Red Cross volunteers may choose to deploy to help with large-scale disasters in other parts of the country. In 2016, volunteers from the Central and Southern Illinois Region deployed to a number of national disasters including the Louisiana flooding, Hurricane Matthew and the Gatlinburg wildfires.

Zero to Hero is free, but registration is requested. For registration information, please contact or by phone at 217-222-2477 ext. 7304. In addition to disaster volunteers, the Red Cross offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. To learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross, visit