FARMINGTON, CONN., February 12, 2013 – The American Red Cross will hold a new volunteer orientation session in Stafford Springs on Wednesday March 13, at 1:00 p.m.
The American Red Cross needs volunteers for local disaster response and support of blood drives in Northern Connecticut. At the orientation, potential volunteers can learn about the work of the Red Cross and the ways they can help their neighbors with Red Cross services.
“Volunteers are a vital part of the American Red Cross,” said Sandy Murdoch, Senior Director of Volunteer Resources with the American Red Cross. “Volunteers make up more than 95% of the Red Cross workforce and help to keep donated funds focused on direct service when people need our help.” Murdoch said that no special skills are needed to volunteer. “We can provide you with the training you need. The basic requirement for volunteers is a desire to help.”
The orientation will provide an opportunity to learn more about the work of the American Red Cross and the specific volunteer opportunities that are available. “This is an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and help your neighbors,” Murdoch said.
Pre-enrollment for the session is required. To get started, go to www.redcross.org/ct/volunteer and click on “Adult (or Youth) Volunteer Application.”
A broad range of volunteer opportunities is available. Training is available for all volunteer assignments. Specific needs right now include:
- Support for Blood Drives – must be available daytime on weekdays, must have own transportation (minimum age: 16.)
- Disaster Services – local response – weekdays, weekends, day/night (minimum age: 18)
- Disaster Services – shelter support, logistics, damage assessment – time requirement varies (minimum age: 18)
The American Red Cross workforce is more than 95% volunteer. Its work is accomplished through donations of time, money and blood by generous individuals.