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Red Cross Hosts Prospective Volunteers in Oswego and Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (May 4, 2015) — The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross will host its next Volunteer Enrollment events from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 11, in Oswego, and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, in Syracuse.

The events are open to anyone interested in learning about the ways in which the Red Cross supports residents in the Central New York Chapter area (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties). 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.

The May 11 event will be held at the Red Cross office, 333 W. First St., Oswego, and the May 21 event will be held at the Red Cross office, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse.

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 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.

Anyone interested in becoming a DAT member is invited to attend a free Disaster Services Overview class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, or 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Red Cross office, 344 W Genesee St., Syracuse. The purpose of the course is to provide information about how the participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters as DAT volunteers.

To RSVP to an event or a Disaster Services Overview class, or for more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Specialist Julie Mucilli at or (315) 234-2217. Residents are asked to RSVP so the Red Cross can contact them if an event is postponed due to inclement weather.