American Red Cross looking for volunteers

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Over the last year, the Ohio Valley has been hit hard with flooding and fires. Today, the group that helps families recover is kicking off a campaign for more volunteers.

the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross in West Virginia only has 80 volunteers to cover 17 counties, and with an emergency response time goal of 2 hours, it can be a challenge to help local people who need it.

Executive Director Sharon Kesselring says this year the Red Cross wants to be better prepared. For the next week, The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers for local disasters.

Kesselring said volunteers should be compassionate and willing to help.  New recruits will be mentored by seasoned volunteers so they feel comfortable in the field helping someone on what might be the worst day of their life.

“Lost their money, their car keys, everything in the fire that just occurred even perhaps their medication or their family pets, they need to be able to respond to that appropriately, and they need to be able to know how to do that and that’s what we’ll do is train them on how to do that,” said Kesselring.

The recruits will first work locally and will then have the opportunity to be deployed nationally.

Maybe this sounds like something you’d like to be apart of? To hear more you can stop by 5 different recruiting events:  Monday 7-23-18 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moundsville from 11 a.m.-3p.m., Tuesday 7-24-18 at Riesbeck’s Elm Grove from 10a.m -2p.m. and Wednesday-Friday at the American Red Cross on 29th St. from 12p.m.-6p.m.

At these events you’ll be given information about how to sign up to become a volunteer.

Kesselring said a lot of the training for the disaster services is online, you can easily fit helping your neighbor into your busy schedule.

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