The American Red Cross of Maine needs volunteers to assist in its disaster response effort — people who help families driven from their home by fire and who staff shelters during a larger-scale disaster, such as a wide-spread power outage.
“Volunteers comprise approximately 90 percent of the Red Cross staff in Maine, and their value is especially evident during a disaster,” says Danielle Hardre, Disaster Program Manager for Penobscot, Aroostook and Piscataquis Counties. According to Hardré, the Red Cross responds to nearly 300 fires each year in Maine.
Disaster Response Training includes
• Disaster Services Overview
• Psychological First Aid
• Client Casework
“These free trainings are the foundation to becoming an American Red Cross Volunteer,” says Hardré.
Several classes are available for new, as well as current, volunteers.
For more information, visit MaineRedCross.org and click “Volunteer”, or contact Hardré at 207-941-2903, x405, or Danielle.Hardre@redcross.org
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 MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).