SPRINGFIELD, Mo — (9/11/17) The Southern Missouri Red Cross will be training volunteers interested in helping with the recovery efforts due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The training session will give volunteers a disaster services overview and teach them what to expect as a volunteer in a shelter.
For this training, volunteers must be over 18-years-old, have registered through the Red Cross website, and passed a criminal background check. Anyone interested must commit to being deployed for at least 14 days and be ready to deploy within 48-hours after being assigned. Volunteers must be willing to work day or night shifts and be in good health with no physical limitations.
The training session will be held tomorrow, September 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the American Red Cross Chapter office in Springfield, located at 1545 N. West Bypass. Maximum capacity for the training session is 40 people and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
American Red Cross of Southern Missouri has deployed 20 volunteers to hurricane responses in Texas, Louisiana and Florida, as the organization gears up to respond to Hurricane Irma. Currently 12 volunteers are working the Harvey response; 7 have deployed to Irma.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross mission. I want to encourage anyone interested in responding to disasters to visit Redcross.org and sign up to volunteer,” said Stacy Burks, Chapter Executive Director. “We just ask that people be patient as processing applications and background-checks is taking longer than usual due to the overwhelming response following Hurricane Harvey.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.
The Red Cross has launched a massive response to these devastating storms and needs financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.
· Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. NOTE: Mobile phones are not compatible with the texting system.
The Red Cross honors donor intent.
· Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey or Irma relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.