For over five years, the American Red Cross Darke County Chapter has been celebrating Preparedness Month with disaster and emergency partners by going door to door in Darke County neighborhoods, telling residents about how they can prepared their homes and families for a disaster; as well as leaving them informational pamphlets and new last year, the Vial of Life. This year’s goal to reach 3000 Darke County homes is bigger than ever but it can’t be done with community support. Volunteers are needed to walk from home to home in pairs, knocking on doors and helping create stronger communities.
“This is an excellent project for a church to get involved with their local community or a way for a business to give back to the neighborhood that supports them,” stated Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Darke County Chapter, “It’s a good way to support us, your community and get some healthy excise, a win-win-win.!”
Volunteers will need to contact the Darke County Chapter by phone 937-548-1002 or email at Lynne.Gump@Redcross.org to sign up for the event and will need to be available on September 9th from 5:30-8:00 to attend a brief orientation and then drive to your assigned neighborhood. Additionally, volunteers return any unused supplies back to the chapter after the walk, check in and enjoy light refreshments. While Red Cross volunteers generally wear vests identifying themselves, area organizations, churches, clubs and businesses are welcome to wear their own “company” shirts, sharing some organizational pride and recognition.
For those who would like to help with this project but can’t walk, the chapter is in need of individual bottled water, snack items and recyclable tote/bags so volunteers can manage to carry bags from door to door with minimal effort. These items can be dropped off at the Chapter office, anytime from 8:30-4:30, Monday –Friday or by special appointment at other times. Volunteers need to be signed up by noon on Friday, September 6th to walk in the event. For more information on how to volunteer for this event or others, people can visit redcross.org/oh/greenville or contact the Darke County Chapter at 937-548-1002, or stop by at 130 Martz Street, Greenville, OH.
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 www.redcross.org/oh/greenville or visit us on Twitter at DarkeCyRedCross.