American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region is seeking additional volunteers as it continues to respond to disasters across California.

Specifically, volunteers are needed to work in disaster shelters supporting the day-to-day activities within a shelter, which can include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information or other areas within a shelter, Red Cross officials said.

Health services volunteers are also needed to address people’s health needs and give hands-on care they are licenced to provide (for example: registered nurse and licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse). Both associate and supervisory level opportunities are available.

Retired nurse Deborah Towers, a volunteer for the agency for four years, said the experience is worthwhile. She has deployed to hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters, helping the injured and sick.

“It may be a volunteer position, but we are repaid in so many different ways,” she said. “We get compliment after compliment about the love that we exude during an emergency. They feel so well-cared-for and so well-provided-for, that it’s just an amazing experience.”

Volunteers also play several other critical roles in their local communities, including providing aid after disasters and educating people about home fire safety. People can also support local military members, veterans and their families, or volunteer as a blood donor ambassador or a blood transportation specialist to be the critical link between blood donors and recipients.

Those interested in volunteering, can visit https://rdcrss.org/396KLPC.

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