The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with relief efforts across the country.
The East Central Ohio Chapter of the Red Cross is hosting open house volunteer events throughout the state to draw in those interested in community involvement and service in disaster-stricken areas.
While often associated with Blood Drives, The American Red Cross additionally provides aid to people displaced and affected by disasters. Volunteers make up 90% of the organization’s workforce, and in the East Ohio Region, volunteers are a total of 98% of the chapter’s labor.
Rod Cook, the executive director of the East-Central Ohio Chapter, talked about the present need for disaster response volunteers and how Ohioans can make an impact by simply volunteering their time.
“We need everybody that we can get because a lot of these disaster responses – especially for large-scale disasters – they can last for months. So we are constantly rotating volunteers in and out of these disasters.”
Volunteer applications can be found online, giving those interested a variety of opportunities to serve the organization. Potential volunteers can do their training at home through online training sessions.
Cook shared the value of volunteering in communities of those affected by disasters.
“This is one of the most gratifying volunteer experiences anybody can have. There is nothing like going out and taking care of a family that’s just experienced one of the worst moments of their life.”
Individuals wanting to get involved in serving Southeast Ohio should visit the Red Cross’s website to begin the application process.