Last year, the local Red Cross West Central Pennsylvania Chapter responded to nearly 100 disasters in the community – most often home fires. The organization’s volunteer network provides disaster victims with immediate relief, in the form of food, clothing, shelter and comfort. However, this humanitarian work could not be accomplished without this very network of dedicated and passionate volunteers.
With a low number of volunteers, the local Red Cross West Central Chapter – serving Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties – is actively recruiting volunteers to serve as disaster responders. The Red Cross encourages interested residents to become a part of the team.
“This volunteer opportunity allows any resident to make a powerful and positive difference in the Beaver County community,” said Kevin Brown, Executive Director of the local Red Cross. “There aren’t specific criteria to meet when joining the team; if you are compassionate and dedicated, we have a place for you at the Red Cross.”
As part of the Disaster Action Team, disaster response volunteers work with victims on-site, assisting them with their immediate needs and following-up on their long-term recovery plans.
As a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross relies on the steadfast volunteer network to carry out its humanitarian mission-to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies-throughout the area. Volunteers constitute for more than 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce.
The organization strives to place interested residents in appropriate volunteer roles based on their skills, interests and experience. To get involved as a disaster response volunteer or for more information on how to help in the community, contact Cindy Skiles, Program Specialist with the local Red Cross at 724-283-2810 or at Cindy.Skiles@RedCross.org.
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