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Volunteer Boot Camp Coming to Lake Placid

The American Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to fulfill its lifesaving mission every day. The North Country Chapter – which serves communities across the Adirondacks and beyond – responds to nearly 100 home fires and other local disasters and provides lifesaving services to thousands of people each year. Volunteers carry out 90% of the organization’s humanitarian work.  

“Red Cross services are available to people in need across the North Country thanks to the efforts of our more than 350 local volunteers,” said Jane Gendron, executive director of the American Red Cross North Country Chapter. “To make sure that this is always the case, we must continually recruit and train volunteers in the communities we serve.”

To make it as easy as possible for people to begin volunteering with the Red Cross, the North Country Chapter will hold a full-day Volunteer Boot Camp on Saturday, October 22 at the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority:

American Red Cross Volunteer Boot Camp
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority
2634 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946

At the boot camp, new volunteers will learn about a wide array of Red Cross volunteer opportunities in areas including Disaster Cycle Services, Services to the Armed Forces, and Blood Services. Participants will train to be “superheroes” – completing the initial on-boarding, orientation, and training necessary to begin serving as Red Cross volunteers in their communities.

No prior experience is necessary to attend the Volunteer Boot Camp in Lake Placid. All training will be provided free of charge, thanks to a community grant award from the Ironman Foundation. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

To learn more and to register for Volunteer Boot Camp on October 22 in Lake Placid, please contact Taylor Fanelli at (315) 520-6259 or email