The American Red Cross of Eastern SC announced today that it has been awarded $15,000 by the Duke Energy Foundation to support its efforts of volunteer recruiting, training and recognition in the local area. The gift will enable the Red Cross to enhance its volunteer base in critical areas throughout the state to ensure that well-trained volunteers are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
"The quality of assistance the Red Cross and its volunteers are able to continuously provide to victims of disasters is directly dependent upon the compassion and action of partners like the Duke Energy Foundation.” said Nanci Conley, executive director for the American Red Cross of Eastern SC. “Duke Energy’s support will enable us to further expand our volunteer program and continue to be able to provide care and comfort to families in need.”
“The Red Cross is a valuable partner to our communities as well as Duke Energy, and we recognize the role their volunteers play is vital in times of disaster,” said Mindy Taylor, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy. “We’re confident our investment in volunteer training will greatly benefit those who are served by this worthwhile organization.”
BECOME A VOLUNTEER The Red Cross is inviting the community to learn about opportunities to help their friends and neighbors in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in South Carolina.
“I have been truly blessed and I enjoy helping people in the community,” said Richard Shafer, a Red Cross volunteer from the PeeDee area. “I hope that you will consider joining me as a volunteer for the Red Cross and helping your own community.”
Those interested in volunteering should visit www.redcross.org/sc to start their volunteer application and register to attend an upcoming “Introduction to Your Local Red Cross” class. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Herdie Matthews at 843-477-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of backgrounds and receive free training. Volunteers with the Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests.
Each year in Eastern SC, the Red Cross and its volunteers provide food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 1,100 people who face emergency situations. In the past year, the Red Cross has helped make our community safer from home fires by installing more than 1,400 smoke alarms and teaching emergency preparedness to more than 500 children through The Pillowcase Project.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. More information is available at www.duke-energy.com/foundation.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.