The local chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for committed volunteers.
Dottie Caldwell, Disaster Action Team Leader for the Southeastern Oklahoma Bryan County Branch, said, “People need to have a committed heart. We need people that will see this as a priority.”
The American Red Cross provides disaster relief for families and communities across the nation. Staffed primarily by volunteers, there are chapters organized all over the country. For 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the American Red Cross provides funds, medical supplies, blankets, food and shelter for victims of disasters.
The primary function of American Red Cross aid is to act proactively when disaster strikes. Chapters across the country and around the world work to keep the public educated and prepared.
Blood drives are held frequently in order to provide resources for victims of fire, flood, hurricane, tornado and more. The Red Cross raises funds and distributes food, groceries, household items and more to provide relief where relief is needed. The chapters work diligently to monitor relief efforts and work cooperatively with other relief societies in their relief efforts.
Local and national positions are available. There are many ways one can volunteer for the American Red Cross. Caldwell said she needs people to assist in the office, pass out information and respond when house fires occur. Volunteers can create their own schedule by choosing the days and hours they are available.
Caldwell recalled the words of one of her volunteers, “I volunteer because I may need your services one of these days.”
“It’s a matter of wanting to do it and wanting to help your neighbor and giving back to your community,” Caldwell added.
All training and background checks will be provided free through the American Red Cross. Call and discover what you can do for your community at (580) 924-0255.