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Mobilizing Additional Volunteers to Louisiana

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

The American Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort, providing shelter, food and comfort to people impacted by widespread flooding in Louisiana. More than 2,500 Red Crossers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are on the ground helping in Louisiana. In addition, hundreds of local volunteers are supporting relief efforts. At the peak of the floods, more than 50 Red Cross and community shelters provided refuge for more than 10,000 people. 

Mental health disaster workers are visiting shelters to offer comfort. Health services volunteers are helping with things like lost eyeglasses and medications. The Red Cross has also mobilized more than 90 disaster response vehicles, including vehicles based in Rochester and Syracuse, and trailer-loads of shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts. Some of the supplies arriving include water, personal hygiene items, insect repellant, cleaning kits, bleach and other important supplies. Where flood waters have receded, the Red Cross is distributing meals and relief supplies. 

Here in the Western and Central New York Region, 41 of the area’s volunteers are joining the disaster response. 

Central New York Chapter: 

John Aldasch – Canastota - Sheltering 

May Becker - Fayetteville - Client Casework –Fiscal Review (virtual) 

John Carroll – Camillus - Service Associate - Feeding 

Harry Dashnau - Baldwinsville - Sheltering 

Ed Dienst – Skaneateles- Community Partnerships 

Gordon Howard – Tully - Bulk Distribution 

Bill Looft – Oneida – Emergency Response Vehicle 

William Morris - Syracuse - Bulk Distribution Supervisor 

Robert Mueller- Manlius - Service Associate/Feeding 

Mark Paikin- Fayetteville - Staff Relations Manager 

Michelle Sopchack- Syracuse – Emergency Response Vehicle 

Ken Stapleton- Cicero - Disaster Assessment 

Frank VanSickle- Cortland - Client Casework (virtual) 

Finger Lakes Chapter: 

Lorraine Morris- Bath - Disaster Services Technology 

Greater Rochester Chapter: 

Deborah Craft – Penfield – Mass Care/Feeding 

John Craft – Penfield – Mass Care/Feeding 

Pamela Hatch – Ontario – Emergency Response Vehicle 

Gail Hirst – Rochester - Client Casework (virtual) 

Sarah Perkins- Pittsford - Disaster Assessment 

Bill Platt-Rochester-Disaster Planning 

James Robinson- East Rochester - Bulk Distribution 

Mark Sennett-Rochester-Mass Care/Feeding 

Southern Tier Chapter 

Susan Barr – Brooktondale - Sheltering 

Nancy Hall –Trumansburg - Client Casework (virtual) 

Charles Haupt- Owego - Bulk Distribution Manager 

Donald Nelson- Endicott - Shelter Supervisor 

Melanie Pandich – Binghamton – Training Supervisor 

Greg Papa – Vestal – Emergency Response Vehicle 

Greg Patinka – Binghamton -Sheltering 

David Ruston- Binghamton - Sheltering 

Bill Spangenburg – Vestal – Bulk Distribution 

Joseph Stover- Dryden - Logistics – Warehouse Manager 

Roseanne Sullivan – Johnson City – Health Services 

Michael Thomas- Ithaca - Shelter Supervisor 

Dianne Zavada- Vestal - Sheltering 

Peter Zelno- Vestal - Bulk Distribution 

Western New York Chapter: 

Jay Bonafede –Tonawanda- Disaster Public Affairs 

Pat Coate –Allegany - Sheltering 

Cynthia Manne- Depew- Disaster Mental Health 

Diane Sargent-Lockport- Bulk Distribution 

Elizabeth Shook-Cuba- Staff Services 

BECOME A VOLUNTEER To join us, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to