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Training Available to Support Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts

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We are grateful for those who have stepped forward to help those devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

The American Red Cross is on the ground providing safe shelter, food and relief supplies to help people still suffering from Hurricane Matthew’s lingering effects. More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and more will be needed in the weeks ahead as the massive response continues.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is offering training for new volunteers who wish to deploy to the Southeast to help those affected by this devastating storm. Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles including:

  • Working at shelters
  • Assisting with feeding operations
  • Distributing relief supplies, such as clean up kits
  • Working in a warehouse, loading/unloading supplies from trucks
  • Recovery casework
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, in good general health and commit to deploying to the Southeast for a minimum of two weeks. Disaster-related expenses, including training, travel, food and lodging are covered by the Red Cross.

    “Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “We are grateful for those who have stepped forward to help families devastated by Hurricane Matthew during this difficult time.”

    More than 25 New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers have already answered the call to help those in need following Hurricane Matthew. 

    There are also a limited number of volunteer opportunities for virtual work, which allows volunteers to assist with the Hurricane Matthew relief operation from here in New Jersey.  Opportunities may include:

  • Answering phones on our information hotline
  • Calling volunteers to schedule them for shifts
  • Recovery casework
  • To register for training, visit bit.ly/NJHelpMatthew. For more information or if you need assistance registering, please call 609-436-0056.