Grand Canyon Chapter Seeking AmeriCorps Members

Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Education
Members will complete projects that enhance organizational service delivery, expand community resources and help Arizona residents prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

PHOENIX (May 15, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is accepting applications for AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps members, with a focus on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, community outreach and volunteer support.

Members will complete projects that enhance organizational service delivery, expand community resources and help Arizona residents prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Extensive training and professional development opportunities are also available to members throughout their service term, which lasts from Aug. 5, 2013 to July 4, 2014. The Grand Canyon Chapter’s headquarters are in Phoenix, and possible service locations include Flagstaff, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma, with opportunities to travel throughout the state during the service term.

Other duties for AmeriCorps members:

• Conduct disaster preparedness education presentations, with the goal of increasing awareness and knowledge of disasters and other emergencies.

• Respond on national, regional and local disaster relief operations.

• Serve as part of a Disaster Action Team, providing immediate assistance to victims of local disasters, primarily home fires.

• Recruit, train, mentor and actively engage volunteers in chapter programs and services.

• Assist with response readiness, including shelter and vendor agreement management.

• Conduct community outreach campaigns and serve as key representatives at community events.

• Develop community contacts, network with local agencies and be a positive ambassador for the Red Cross and the NPRC.

AmeriCorps members will receive a living allowance, health coverage, childcare assistance if they’re eligible and an education award upon completion of service. Applicants must be high school graduates who are at least 18, and their own vehicle is highly recommended. Apply by July 15, 2013 at https://my.americorps.gov. For more information, send an e-mail to outreach.gcc.az@redcross.org.

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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC