SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 22, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York is hosting a volunteer enrollment event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Red Cross office at 344 West Genesee St., Syracuse.
The event is open to anyone interested in learning about the ways in which the Red Cross supports Central New York residents. Red Cross staff members and current volunteers will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities in several lines of service: Disaster Services, Blood Services, Service to the Armed Forces and Health and Safety Services.
The Red Cross is also searching for volunteers to join its Disaster Action Team (DAT), which responds to local emergencies and large nationwide disasters. Locally, DAT volunteers respond to emergencies such as house fires, floods, transportation accidents and natural disasters such as the recent tornado in Smithfield. Relief efforts range from providing food and shelter to offering emotional support to the victims.
“I was a volunteer firefighter but had to stop due to my health,” said Richard Plumpton, who has been a Red Cross DAT volunteer for one year. “While I used to put out fires, now I help people after the fire. As a volunteer, putting a little happiness in someone’s life and a smile on their face is very rewarding.”
The Red Cross invites people to attend the event and consider volunteering regardless of their experience levels. While needs may vary based on current events, the Red Cross will do its best to accommodate everyone’s desire to get involved.
“The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to join our team,” said Colleen McCabe, Regional Volunteer Manager for the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring that the Red Cross delivers its services in our communities. Please join us to learn more about how you can serve your community as a Red Cross Volunteer.”
To RSVP to the event, or for more information, please contact Jessica Renner at Jessica.Renner@redcross.org or (315) 234-2283.