By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey
TUSCALOOSA, AL– As the New Year brings the tradition of resolutions, consider helping people in need as a volunteer in Alabama.
During the coronavirus pandemic, families continue to depend on Red Cross volunteers every day for emergency support.
The new year brings with it new opportunities and the Red Cross has hundreds of volunteer opportunities available to those who make a resolution to volunteer this year.
By mobilizing the power of volunteers, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to affected individuals and helping them begin their road to recovery.
“Just knowing that someone is there to lend a helping hand during these trying times provides a light of hope for our neighbors,” said Annette Rowland, Communications Director, American Red Cross Alabama Mississippi Region. “Please join us by resolving to help as a Red Cross volunteer and ensure no one faces life’s emergencies alone.”
Melvin Harmon who has been a volunteer for eight years and responds to local disasters big and small said he volunteers because he likes making a difference and helping his fellow veterans when they are down.
The need for volunteers is constant, and everyone’s well-being is Red Cross’ top priority as they work with public health officials to safely deliver services during COVID-19.
Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more, including their most-needed positions:
- Blood donor ambassadors and transportation specialists: Blood donations are essential to the health of communities, and blood donor ambassadors are a vital part of this work by welcoming visitors and taking their temperatures before entering Red Cross facilities and blood drives.
Visitors can include potential blood donors, people seeking help, training course participants and Red Cross employees.
Red Cross also has a high priority need for transportation specialists to help deliver blood from their local facilities to hospitals.
- Disaster response volunteers: Most of the U.S. disasters that the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes are local home fires, which can destroy nearly everything a family owns in a matter of minutes.
Partnering with local fire departments, Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers connect with families by video or phone call to provide emotional support, emergency financial assistance and information to help families begin to recover.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters feed and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.