VOLUNTEERS IN HIGH DEMAND AT AMERICAN RED CROSS
Northeast Kingdom Residents Asked to Help Their Neighbors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (St. Johnsbury, VT & Newport, VT – February 3, 2014) Volunteers represent 95% of the American Red Cross disaster services workforce and are essential to fulfilling the nonprofit’s humanitarian mission. The people of the Northeast Kingdom are served by an extraordinarily dedicated, yet small, corps of Red Cross volunteers. To ensure the organization continues to be there when its services are needed most; the Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley is actively recruiting disaster volunteers in the Northeast Kingdom.
This past year, American Red Cross volunteers across the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region were called upon 179 times in the wake of disaster, 90% of these calls related to house and apartment fires. This response rate is 70% higher than it was just four years ago. Thirty-six (36) of last year’s calls for Red Cross assistance took place in the Northeast Kingdom. In response to these calls, emergency assistance was provided to displaced families and support provided to first responders.
Anyone interested in learning more about all that the American Red Cross accomplishes in the Northeast Kingdom, and how they can be a part of this work, is encouraged to come to one of two informational meetings being held in February.
1. February 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Johnsbury
Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
51 Depot Square, St. Johnsbury
2. February 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. – Newport
Newport Municipal Building, Council Chambers Room
222 Main Street, Newport
These meetings will be a great opportunity to meet with Red Cross Disaster Services and Volunteer Management staff, as well as current volunteers on the Disaster Action Teams in these areas. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Becoming a Red Cross volunteer does not require any specialized experience. Any training a volunteer will need is provided at no cost. Red Cross volunteers come from all walks of life and are all ages. The work of a Red Cross volunteer is not always easy, but it is always gratifying. “I hear it from our volunteers that the reward for their efforts is knowing that they have helped a person in need during what may be the most trying experience in their life,” said Regional Volunteer Resource Director Angela Russell.
Every day, American Red Cross volunteers undertake work that is making a difference in their community. For anyone interested in learning more, the informational meetings on February 11th and February 26th are a way to see how they can be part of a team and help their community. Should people have questions in advance of these meetings, they can contact Angela Russell at 800-660-9130, ext. 107.