American Red Cross pleads for volunteers

American Red Cross pleads for volunteers


The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves Boone, Ogle and Winnebago counties, has urgent need for volunteers willing to attend training classes and help provide emergency assistance for local victims of disasters. Red Cross also needs help every night of the year at the Red Cross Homeless Shelter from 6 until 10 p.m.

Red Cross emergency services volunteers are men and women of all ages who respond to local fires and other emergencies during the daytime, at night and on weekends, providing Red Cross assistance to families in urgent need of shelter, food, clothing and emotional support after a fire or other disaster. Volunteers who complete advanced training and are willing to do so can be dispatched to assist with disaster relief anywhere in the United States and beyond. Major wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and passenger airline crashes are typical national disasters in which Red Cross provides assistance.

“One of the privileges of volunteering is being able to choose when, where and how often you are scheduled to serve,” said Bill Baylor, chairman of Red Cross Emergency Services. “We never push volunteers to accept responsibilities that they don’t feel prepared for or simply don’t want. There are so many ways to help the Red Cross that the variety of volunteer opportunities is practically endless. We can find the right role for almost everyone, and we certainly do need more help right now.”

Anyone interested in exploring volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross is urged to call (815) 963-8471, ext. 12.

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