Red Cross Invites Community to Become Disaster Volunteers


The American Red Cross in Branch County is recruiting disaster volunteers and invites the public to attend an introductory course to learn the basics of volunteering with the Red Cross during local and national disasters.

Disaster Services: An Overview, will be offered free of charge at the following time and location:

  • Saturday, February 15
  • 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Branch Public Library
  • 10 E Chicago St.
  • Coldwater, MI 49036
  • “This is where it all begins for our disaster volunteers,” said Katy Lagoni, branch manager for the American Red Cross of Branch and Calhoun Counties. “Once they’ve taken this course and decided the role they want to fulfill, we make sure they get all of the training they need to do their best job here at home and during national deployments.”

    Every year, the American Red Cross trains thousands of people and equips them with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide meaningful assistance in a coordinated response effort. Following completion of Disaster Services: An Overview, participants will receive information about the next steps towards becoming a volunteer in Disaster Services with the American Red Cross.

    Red Cross workers will be available to answer questions and register people who are interested in volunteering within other Red Cross service areas.

    For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

    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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.