Red Cross volunteers address emergency needs of displaced family
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Fairfield, VT – February 13, 2014) Through a crucial collaboration with Vermont 211, a statewide information and referral service, a Fairfield, VT family of four received Red Cross assistance early this morning after an overnight fire devastated their North Road home. Forced from their home when the fire struck, the family of two adults and two young children reached out to Vermont 211 to see where they might turn to for help. To address their immediate, emergency needs, they were connected with the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross.
Once the Red Cross was contacted, two volunteers, one a veteran of this busy winter fire season and the other a new volunteer, met with the family. To help as they start their road to recovery, the family was provided a few nights lodging and financial assistance for food and clothing.
The assistance extended to this family is typical of the help provided to individuals and families displaced by fire, giving those impacted by disaster the breathing room to figure out their next steps. The recovery process begins the moment disaster strikes and this is why Red Cross volunteers work hard to meet quickly with disaster victims, often at the scene of the fire, flood or other devastating event.
The collaborative efforts between the Red Cross and partners such as Vermont 211, dispatchers and local first responders have never been more critical than this winter. In just the first 44 days of 2014, the Red Cross has answered the call for help 46 times, helping families all across our region during their time of need.
Locally, as it is across the country, volunteers comprise 95% of the American Red Cross disaster services workforce and are essential to fulfilling the nonprofit’s humanitarian mission. In our region, these volunteers are organized into twelve Disaster Action Teams. The Red Cross is always recruiting disaster volunteers to ensure these teams remain strong and can continue to provide quick and vital support to those impacted by disaster.
Becoming a Red Cross volunteer does not require any specialized experience. Any training a volunteer will need is provided at no cost. Red Cross volunteers are all ages and come from all walks of life. Those who are interested can go to www.redcross.org/vermont to learn more or call Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107.
All disaster services offered by the American Red Cross are provided without charge. To help support people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.