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American Red Cross Needs Disaster Response Volunteers in Aiken

disaster training for new volunteers
“Red Cross volunteer opportunities allow residents to make a powerful and positive difference in their community,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for American Red Cross of South Carolina.

The Central South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers in Aiken and is inviting the community to attend the New Volunteer Orientation on February 18 to learn more about opportunities to provide Red Cross services to friends, neighbors, and others affected by disasters.

Every day, around the clock, in South Carolina, Red Cross volunteers help families affected by disasters. The Red Cross is especially in need of volunteers that can be trained to be part of the Disaster Action Team and 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.

“Red Cross volunteer opportunities allow residents to make a powerful and positive difference in their community,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for American Red Cross of South Carolina. “There aren’t specific criteria to meet when joining the team; if you are compassionate and dedicated, we have a place for you at the Red Cross.”

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, office and community event volunteers are also needed. Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests.

Those interested in volunteering should register online to attend the upcoming orientation.

Aiken

Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-8 p.m.

Aiken Area Red Cross Office

1314 Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803

806-641-4152

http://www.redcross.org/sc/aiken

In South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to help more than 7,000 individuals affected by disasters in SC last year.