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Red Cross Needs Disaster Response Volunteers in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C., January 8, 2015 - The Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers and is inviting the community to attend a New Volunteer Orientation to learn more about opportunities to provide Red Cross services to friends, neighbors, and others affected by disasters.

Every day, around the clock, in South Carolina, Red Cross volunteers help families affected by disasters. The Red Cross is especially in need of volunteers that can be trained to be part of the Disaster Action Team and go to the scene of home fires to help provide services to families. The Red Cross is the only social service organization at the scene of residential fires providing immediate emergency relief of temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and clothing, and other related needs.

“Red Cross volunteer opportunities allow residents to make a powerful and positive difference in their community,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for American Red Cross of South Carolina. “There aren’t specific criteria to meet when joining the team; if you are compassionate and dedicated, we have a place for you at the Red Cross.”

Volunteers make up 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of age groups and skill sets and the Red Cross provides free training to its volunteers. In addition to disaster services, office and community event volunteers are also needed. Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests.

Those interested in volunteering can register online to attend one of the upcoming volunteer orientations to learn more.


Tuesday, January 13, 6-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

North Charleston Red Cross Office

2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406

(843) 764-2323


January 28, 1-4 p.m.

Georgetown Red Cross Office

104 Screven Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

(843) 764-2323


Thursday, January 8, 6-9 p.m.

Bluffton Red Cross Office

59 Sheridan Park Circle, Bluffton, SC 29910

(843) 764-2323

Hilton Head

Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC

(843) 764-2323

Myrtle Beach

Tuesday, January 13, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, February 10, 6-9 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Red Cross Office

3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

(843) 477-0020


Tuesday, February 3, 6-8:30 p.m.

Pee Dee Red Cross Office

1601A West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501

(843) 662-8121


Wednesday, January 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

Columbia Red Cross Office

2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC

(803) 540-1200


Monday, January 12, 6-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Greenville Red Cross Office

940 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605

(864) 271-8222

Rock Hill

Tuesday, January 20, 6-9:30 p.m.

Rock Hill Red Cross Office

200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill, SC 29732

(803) 329-6575


Thursday, January 22, 6-9:30 p.m.

Piedmont Red Cross Office

131 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306

(864) 583-8000


Tuesday, January 27, 6-9:30 p.m.

Pickens Red Cross Office

509 South Lewis Street, Pickens, SC 29671

(864) 878-0131


Saturday, January 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

2671 Jamestown Road

Camden, SC

(803) 428-5760


Saturday, January 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

1155-2 N. Guignard Drive

Sumter SC 29150

(803) 775-2363

In South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to help over 7,000 individuals affected by disasters in SC last year.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit