“As a disaster relief agency that responds to someone’s worst day 24/7/365, we live and breathe by volunteers. Lucky for us, we have a good roster of committed people who willingly get out of bed in the middle of the night to respond to home fires, tornadoes or work around the clock in hurricane evacuation shelters. But the reality is this, the Red Cross needs more volunteers. A lot more.
“The numbers are downright scary. Right now, we have just under 500 trained volunteers ready to open shelters and take care of people. But in the event of a full-scale hurricane evacuation like we experienced with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, it would take an additional 700 volunteers to staff some 30 Red Cross shelters around the clock.
“Bottom line, we love our volunteers and we want more of them. That’s where you come in. Take your Red Cross volunteer training now. You can work in shelters, serve meals, manage the supply warehouse and inventories and so much more. You can give a little or a lot of your time; it’s really up to you. When the next disaster strikes, we hope you’re on our side helping us deliver life-saving services to the people who need it most. It truly will be the best job you’ll never got paid to do.
“To learn more, or to sign up today, visit www.redcrossdallas.org/volunteer or call us at 214-678-4368.”
–Jennifer Bussell, Recruitment Associate