American Red Cross seeking volunteers

The American Red Cross is sounding the alarm this week in asking people to volunteer. This comes as many parts of the country brave natural disasters and the aftermath it brings.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 3:56 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 7:26 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Executive Director for American Red Cross, Indiana Region, Brice Johnson said the organization is looking for volunteers who are 18 years and up with a valid drivers license.

"Our work just getting started," said Johnson. 

Right now there are fifty Hoosiers actively a part of the American Red Cross who are across the country helping pick up the pieces of a disaster.

"Indiana traditionally has been in a good position," said Johnson. "Because we have usually long periods of what we call "blue sky conditions" so we are able to build our volunteer base, resources and things like that."

A volunteer base that can help in places such as Oregon where blue skies have lately been a thing of the past because of wildfires and places such as Texas and Louisiana where buildings and homes were destroyed after Hurricane Laura.

"For me Oregon is actually my home state," said Johnson. "So this is a very personal ask when i am talking to potential volunteers. When i am seeing family and friends post photos of zero visibility in their neighborhood because of smoke and devastation in their area it becomes very personal."

Text WILDFIRES to 90999 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Those interested in volunteering can visit redcross.org/volunteertoday or call 888-684-1441.

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