Become a Red Cross Volunteer Providence office to host volunteer orientation

PROVIDENCE, RI (August 11, 2016) – The Red Cross will host a new volunteer
orientation at the American Red Cross Providence Office at 105 Gano Street,
Providence on Friday, August 26 from 10 -11 a.m.

The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by
mobilizing the power of volunteers and is currently seeking volunteers for all lines
of service and leadership positions.

Every single day, the Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether it’s one
displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an
ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, the
vital work of the Red Cross is made possible by volunteers who contribute their
unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. It is through the time and care of
ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Last year, the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region responded to
more than 800 local incidents, including fires, power outages, hazardous material
releases, transportation accidents and storms. The Connecticut and Rhode Island
Region provided immediate disaster assistance to over 1,100 families in the form of
emergency shelter, food, clothing, children’s items, and other household needs.

Volunteers help out during disasters large and small and have the opportunity to get
involved in a wide variety of service areas including assisting in disasters,
administration and logistics. Volunteers are also needed to assist with volunteer
recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition. The needs of the Red Cross
change based on current events, adding flexibility for volunteers to get involved in
an area that inspires them.

The hour-long orientation session is designed to introduce new volunteers to the
history of the Red Cross and to learn about all of the local volunteer opportunities
available. Those interested in attending the session must register in advance online
at www.redcross.org/ri/volunteer. For more
information please call 860-678-2788.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of
disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save
lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and
their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For
more information, please visit redcross.org/ri or visit
us on Twitter at @RIRedCross.