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Red Cross offers weekend disaster training in Orono for new volunteers

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is hosting a free, weekend training that will take participants from zero Red Cross experience to trained disaster services volunteer in just three days.

The Zero2 Hero program, offered in Orono, 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

The training also includes CPR and First Aid.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross ,” says Danielle Hardre, Disaster Program Manager for the Greater Bangor and Aroostook regions. “The vast majority of our disaster responders are volunteers, and their dedication and hard work make it possible for the Red Cross to assist victims of disasters, such as home fires.”

Participants in the Zero2Hero training will also complete all necessary paperwork to become an active volunteer of the Red Cross.

Orono Middle School
Friday, March 27, 6 - 9:30 p.m. (Snacks Provided)
Saturday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
Sunday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Sign up now, or for more information, contact Danielle Hardre, or 207-941-2903, x405.

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 Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).