Local Red Cross volunteer, Caroline Roberts of Grayslake, is heading to eastern Kentucky tomorrow to help with the ongoing Red Cross response to recent flash flooding in the area. She will be initialing reporting to Lexington, Kentucky and has been assigned as a Shelter Supervisor.
The American Red Cross is on the ground currently working with local officials and emergency management to assess needs in the nine counties impacted by the flooding. Multiple shelters have been opened for people to seek refuge and Caroline is one of many volunteers making sure the shelters are comfortable and welcoming for anyone who comes to stay there.
A former member of the Peace Corps, Caroline started volunteering with the Red Cross of Illinois in 2021 as part of the Disaster Action Team responding to local home fires. She soon completed all the training to help with sheltering and went on her first deployment to Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin for three weeks to help the thousands of refugees from Afghanistan who were temporarily placed there. Read more about Caroline’s lifetime of experience helping others here.
If you have been impacted by the recent flash floods, or know someone who has and needs help: please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HOW TO HELP: You can help people affected by disasters like earthquakes and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables 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.
About the American Red Cross of Illinois
The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri including Adams, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, Christian, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will, Williamson Winnebago, Woodford. Iowa: Lee, Muscatine, Scott and Van Buren. Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion and Ralls. 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 us at Redcross.org/Illinois or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossIL.