The Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers and is inviting the community to attend an Open House to learn more about opportunities to provide Red Cross services to friends, neighbors, and others affected by emergencies and in need of support.
Every day, in Durham and the surrounding counties of Central North Carolina, Red Cross volunteers help families in need of lifesaving support and those affected by disaster. The Red Cross is especially in need of volunteers that can be trained to be part of the Disaster Action Team and serve as drivers in its Medical Transportation program.
Disaster Action Team Volunteers go to the scene of home fires to help provide services to families. The Red Cross is the only social service organization at the scene of residential fires providing immediate emergency relief of temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and clothing, and other related needs.
In its Medical Transportation Program, volunteer drivers use Red Cross vehicles to transport individuals from their homes to medical appointments. Many of the passengers are elderly and low-income, and rely on the Red Cross to meet their healthcare needs.
“Our volunteers are every day heroes. Red Cross volunteer opportunities allow residents to make a powerful and positive difference in their community,” said Stan Morris, executive director for American Red Cross of Central North Carolina. “If you are compassionate and dedicated, we have a place for you at the Red Cross.”
Carol Murphy has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for many years and is one of those faces the community sees. Murphy explains, “Sometimes just seeing that Red Cross vest, having a shoulder to cry on can make a world of difference to these families. They know the Red Cross is there for them when the need is greatest.” In addition to her duties responding to house fires, Murphy is a driver in the Medical Transportation Program. “I have gotten to really know many our passengers, and it has been amazing to hear their stories and see improvements in their health.”
Volunteers make up 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of age groups and skill sets and the Red Cross provides free training to its volunteers. In addition to disaster services and the medical transportation program, volunteers can help in other ways volunteering at community blood drives, assisting our military and veteran community, teaching preparedness, health and safety classes and more. Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests.
To learn more about how you can help, please join us on Tuesday, July 28th between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the American Red Cross of Central North Carolina, 4737 University Drive in Durham. For more information, contact Jeffrey Isaacson at Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 489-6541 ex. 4120.
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 Redcross.org.