Caper Fear Red Cross looks for volunteers
Wilmington, NC (WWAY)– The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross held a volunteer recruitment Sunday afternoon. The organization holds these events a couple times a year to encourage people to assist in it’s efforts. Leaders say the role the community plays in times of disaster is huge, both in preparedness and recovery.
“It is so important to have volunteers, ninety-seven percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers” said Autum Mihm, Regional Director of Communications.
Breaking that statistic down, that’s one Red Cross staff member for every fifteen volunteers.
John Hall signed on with the organization six months ago to give back to the community after he retired. “I’ve had a chance to assist clients on four different occasions were people basically lost everything” he said.
The Cape Fear Chapter has about four hundred volunteers, but leaders say it’s doors are always open for new faces. Volunteers are able to work with emergency and blood services as well as office assistants.
“We have opportunities for almost everyone depending on your time, your skill set, and what you are really interested in doing” said Mihm.
The Chapter is also looking for volunteers to assist them with it’s amateur radio system. This system provides emergency communication during a time of disaster. These frequencies allow the Red Cross to communicate with other amateur operators, Red Cross emergency vehicles, and is also connected to the hospital system.
David Garrison, the Regional Director of Disaster says “communication is the key during a disaster. If we can’t communicate and find out what’s going on in different areas then it is harder to take care of the situations there.”
Volunteers and leaders alike agree that no matter which area of work you choose, they are all rewarding.
“Being at the Red Cross is really a passion for all of the people here. It’s not just a job” said Mihm.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross you can log on to it’s website at RedCross.org, or you can call the local chapter at 762-2683.
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