They’re on every disaster scene in 10 counties, but now the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross needs your help.
The organization is looking for more volunteers, and hopes to build up their roster before the start of hurricane season on June first.
“The Red Cross is looking for people who have the desire to help others,” said Jessica McFadden, disaster program manager, with the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter. “If you’ve watched the Red Cross respond to disasters and wondered what it would be like to be a Red Cross worker, we encourage you to come to one of our free volunteer information sessions.”
The American Red Cross is holding two “Walk an Hour in My Vest” information sessions on Thursday for people interested in learning more about volunteering. These sessions will cover the steps to become an official volunteer, the different opportunities to help the Red Cross and how the Red Cross responds to local and regional disasters. No prior experience is necessary.
Last month, volunteers with the Disaster Action Team were on the scene after a EF-2 tornado touched down in northern Troup County. The group handed out toys and snacks to young children, and provided support for those families cleaning up after the storm. One of the volunteers, Doodle Eubanks, deployed to Pensacola, Florida, to help run a mass care shelter for folks displaced by massive flooding. The team has also responded to numerous house fires around the region to help out victims.
“Our chapter responds to an average of one emergency every other day, so we need teams in each of the ten counties we serve to come to the aid of people who may have lost everything,” said McFadden. “Becoming a Red Cross volunteer gives people the tools and training to support both large and small disaster relief efforts.”
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.
The Georgia Three Rivers Chapter serves Carroll, Coweta, Haralson, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup & Upson Counties.
In addition to disaster relief volunteers, the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter is also hoping nurses, mental health professionals and people with a background or an interest in public relations, social services or casework, and office support will participate in the informational sessions.
There will be two separate sessions for those interested in participating in the Walk an Hour in My Vest. The first session is from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the LaGrange office at 900 Dallis Street. The second session is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Newnan office. Prospective volunteers can call 706-884-5818 or visit GA3RiversRedCross.com to register.