The Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a volunteer enrollment on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7336 State Route 31, Lyons. Prospective volunteers can sign up from 5 – 7 p.m., which will be followed by a presentation on Disaster Services’ preparedness and response initiatives.
The session is an opportunity to learn more about the American Red Cross and how to become a volunteer. There are several volunteer opportunities available, particularly in Disaster Services in Wayne, Yates and Seneca Counties.
Disaster Action Team (DAT) members responded locally to disasters, meeting with family members to determine their immediate needs. Those needs may include short-term housing, food, clothing, medicine replacements, and mental health counseling. Once the needs are determined, DAT volunteers arrange for appropriate Red Cross assistance.
The most common disaster responses are house fires. Last year, volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter responded to 78 fires in single and multi-unit homes, providing assistance to 124 families. DAT volunteers may also respond to other localized disasters such as damage resulting from storms.
There are also opportunities available in disaster preparedness. Through its Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes and educates families on fire prevention and safety. Volunteers also staff Red Cross displays at community events, such as health fairs, providing the public with information on programs and services.
Prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about the menu of opportunities, how to enroll and the training requirements for the various positions. While needs may vary based on current events, the Red Cross will do its best to accommodate everyone’s desire to get involved.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Volunteer Services Specialist Zachariah Riley at Zachariah.email@example.com or (607) 785 -7207.