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Local Volunteers Needed to Respond to Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the southern East Coast of the United States, the American Red Cross is on the ground, offering shelter and preparing to deliver more extensive relief services in the coming days and weeks. Already, seven Red Cross volunteers from the Eastern New York Region have been deployed to support the response in Florida and the Carolinas, and more volunteers are needed now.

The American Red Cross will hold a one-day volunteer workshop on Tuesday, October 11 to train prospective shelter workers for deployment. Volunteers must be willing and able to serve in a disaster-affected area for a minimum of 10 days beginning Wednesday, October 12. The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs for individuals who are deployed.

“Hurricane Matthew could leave widespread devastation and significant needs for food, shelter and help in its wake,” said Gary Striar, regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “This is a time for people to come together and support one another. We welcome anyone in our community with the time and desire to help those in need to join us now.”

The volunteer workshop will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 11 at the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, located at 33 Everett Road in Albany. Interested participants may register online, or contact Brian Vance at (315) 679-6438 or for more information.

On Thursday, more than 27,000 people in Hurricane Matthew’s path spent the night in nearly 200 evacuation shelters. The number of people seeking help is expected to grow as Matthew moves up the coast. The Red Cross already has hundreds of disaster workers and more than 90 response vehicles on the ground in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, with more on the way.

You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.