SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2023 — As the American Red Cross response to the devastating California floods continues, the need for trained volunteers grows.
More than 630 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping people in California. Since New Year’s Eve, the Red Cross and partners have provided more than 8,000 shelter stays in 80 shelters, nearly 46,000 meals and snacks, and distributed more than 9,700 relief items such as comfort kits and other relief supplies. The Red Cross will also be there in the days and weeks to come, supporting people as they recover from the storms.
While trained Red Crossers continue to manage the response efforts, we are looking for additional volunteers to help with response and recovery activities, including feeding, supply distribution, clean-up kit building and more.
Please apply online to become a Red Cross volunteer if you are interested in helping with this response or with responses in the future. No prior experience required, and training will be provided.
“We are always looking for new people who are interested in supporting their communities in times of disaster and beyond,” said Hanna Malak, CEO for the Northern California Coastal Region of the Red Cross. “The Red Cross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of these disasters. This vital work is made possible by people like you who contribute their time and compassion.”
Training is free, but the hope you provide as a Red Cross volunteer is priceless. Learn more and apply to be a part of our local response: tinyurl.com/ARC2023FloodsApplication
YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters like floods, fires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift is a commitment to helping people in need, and every single donation matters. Donations for Disaster Relief enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.