American Red Cross Looking for Volunteers for Smoke Alarm Program


The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with a very important program.

They’re working on a smoke alarm installation throughout Ohio County, but they need teams of people to help out.

Last year, the Red Cross was able to install 1,000 smoke alarms in West Virginia homes. But this year, executive director Sharon Kesselring said they have 5,000. 

“It is a goal of the American Red Cross in five years to substantially decrease the deaths and injuries by home fires by 25 percent,” she said.

The American Red Cross will be collaborating with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley for their Day of Caring on September 9. That’s when they’ll be installing the smoke alarms.

Kesselring said she also needs a community volunteer leader, someone who is recognizable and respectable in the community that people can go to in times of need for information. 

She added there is a need for volunteers for every service the Red Cross provides. 

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the American Red Cross in Wheeling at 304-232-0711.

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