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American Red Cross Hosts Volunteer Enrollment Events Across CNY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 22, 2015) — The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting Volunteer Enrollment events from Friday through early April at various locations throughout the chapter’s five counties (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego).

The events are open to anyone interested in learning about the ways in which the Red Cross supports Central New York 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. The first event is at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Red Cross office at 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse.

Here are the times, dates and locations for the Volunteer Enrollment events:

Cayuga County: Red Cross office, 11 State St., Auburn
Feb. 4: 6-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26: 10-11:30 a.m.
March 23: 6-7:30 p.m.

Cortland County: Red Cross office 50 Clinton Ave., Cortland
Feb. 19: 10-11:30 a.m.
March 4: 6-7:30 p.m.

Madison County: Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., Oneida
Feb. 5: 10-11:30 a.m.
March 5: 10-11:30 a.m.
April 2: 10-11:30 a.m.

Onondaga County: Red Cross office, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse
Jan. 23: 10-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 13: 10-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 23: 6-7:30 p.m.
March 19: 10-11:30 a.m.
March 31: 6-7:30 p.m.

Oswego County: Red Cross office, 333 West First St., Oswego
Jan. 26: 6-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: 10-11:30 a.m.
March 11: 6-7:30 p.m.                   

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 Julie Mucilli, Volunteer Specialist for the Central New York Chapter. “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 Mucilli at Julie.Mucilli@redcross.org or (315) 234-2217. It is crucial to RSVP in case the events are postponed due to bad weather.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.