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ARC offers two weekend training opportunities for new volunteers

Red Cross Kicks Off New Campaign To Reduce Home Fire Deaths
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross, particularly in our responses to home fires and other disasters.

People interested in becoming disaster volunteers for the American Red Cross can attend one of two free training that will take them from zero Red Cross experience to trained disaster services volunteer in just two days.

The Zero2 Hero program provides the training necessary to become:

  • Client casework volunteers - meet with disaster victims, assess their needs, and help them begin the recovery process.
  • Shelter volunteers - work at a shelter in the event of a large scale disaster, such as an ice storm or flood.
  • Participants in the training will also complete all necessary paperwork to become an active volunteer of the Red Cross.

    "Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross, particularly in our responses to home fires and other disasters," says Larry French, Disaster Program Manager. "When you see someone with a Red Cross vest helping people at a shelter or the scene of a fire, it's most likely a volunteer."


    Topsham Option:

    January 9, with optional First Aid/CPR certification on January 11

    16 Community Way, Topsham

    Portland Option:

    January 16 - 17

    2401 Congress Street, Portland

    Sign up at, or for more information, contact Larry French at or 207-735-1650.

    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. Learn more at, on Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine), or Twitter (@ARC_Maine).