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Red Cross Hosts Volunteer Enrollment Event May 19 in Ithaca

ITHACA, N.Y. (May 11, 2015) — The Tompkins County Branch of the American Red Cross will host its next Volunteer Enrollment event from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Red Cross office at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning about the ways in which the Red Cross supports Tompkins County residents. Red Cross staff members and current volunteers will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities in several lines of service: Disaster Services, Blood Services, Service to the Armed Forces, and Health and Safety Services.

Volunteer events are being held every third Tuesday of the month in Ithaca. This summer, events will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca.

The Red Cross is also searching for volunteers to join its Disaster Action team (DAT), which responds to local emergencies and large nationwide disasters. Locally, DAT volunteers respond to emergencies such as house fires, floods, transportation accidents and natural disasters. Relief efforts range from providing food and shelter to offering emotional support to the victims.

The Red Cross invites residents to attend an event and consider volunteering regardless of their experience levels. While needs may vary based on current events, the Red Cross will do its best to accommodate everyone’s desire to get involved.

“The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to join our team,” said Colleen McCabe, Volunteer Specialist for the Southern Tier Chapter, which includes Tompkins County. “Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring that the Red Cross delivers its services in our communities. Please join us to learn more about how you can serve your community as a Red Cross volunteer.”

To RSVP to an event or for more information, please contact McCabe at or (607) 785-7207. Residents are asked to RSVP so the Red Cross can contact them if an event is postponed due to inclement weather.