New Red Cross Volunteer Assists Mostly Spanish Speaking Family

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The Red Cross relies on bilingual volunteers, like Maria, to help with the growing Spanish speaking population in Oklahoma.

The American Red Cross is a volunteer based workforce.  In fact, it is 96 percent volunteers. These folks give countless hours to help others in times of need.

One of those volunteers is Maria Rodriguez-Cabrales. Maria joined the Red Cross about a month ago after attending a Flu preparedness and prevention event held in Woodward. While there, she talked with the Disaster Program Specialist about becoming a Red Cross volunteer.  Maria is a highly desired volunteer as she is not only dedicated to helping others, she also speaks Spanish.

On March 14, a home caught fire in Woodward leaving a family homeless. This family only spoke 10 percent English. Maria was able to step in and translate to help the family understand the help that was available.  Maria explained to the family they could get a three-night hotel stay, clothing, food and supplies for their baby.

The Red Cross relies on bilingual volunteers, like Maria, to help with the growing Spanish speaking population in Oklahoma. If you are bilingual, the Red Cross wants you to become a volunteer. You can learn about opportunities in your area by visiting www.redcross.org/volunteer.
 
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on volunteers and financial donors to help perform its mission of alleviating human suffering that the face of emergencies.