Volunteers with our Disaster Action Team assisted 42 people affected by 23 home fires across Chicagoland from May 3 through today. Our volunteers assisted families impacted by these incidents in Antioch, Palos Hills, Plainfield, Waukegan and more, with 14 of these home fires taking place in Chicago.
Red Cross volunteers helped 21 adults and 21 children with temporary housing, health services, disaster mental health services, financial assistance and recovery planning.
A fire can take a home in as little as two minutes. Therefore, escaping in less than two minutes can be the difference between survival and tragedy. The Red Cross encourages everyone to talk to their children about fire safety to help families stay safe. We want to ensure families and children are prepared.
If you need assistance after a home fire or disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-877-597-0747.
Volunteer Virtual Open House Recruitment Sessions
The Red Cross always needs volunteers. We are holding virtual open house events to provide more information and answer your questions about volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross. These virtual open house sessions will be held May 20 and June 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. To attend, please register here: tinyurl.com/RC-Illinois.
There are multiple positions available, including the ones listed below:
- Blood Donor Ambassadors and Blood Transportation Specialists
- Virtual Disaster Action Team members
- Duty Officers/Dispatchers
- Disaster Caseworkers
- Volunteer Recruitment Team Members
Please visit redcross.org/volunteer to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
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, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, 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.