Red Cross Holding Durham Open House on August 3

Crews from the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross traveled to West Virginia to help during the June 2016 flooding. Source: American Red Cross.
Crews from the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross traveled to West Virginia to help during the June 2016 flooding. Source: American Red Cross.

The Red Cross is holding an Open House. The Durham NC event will cover available volunteer opportunities in the Central North Carolina Chapter.

The Red Cross Open House is August 3, 2016, 4-7pm. The gathering is in Building 3 of the Central North Carolina Chapter’s Red Cross office, 4737 University Drive, Durham NC.

This event is open to the public. Enjoy refreshments and sign up to help your community! Come and learn how you might use your time and talent to change a life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer.

Volunteers make up 90 percent of the organization’s workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of age groups and skill sets. The organization also provides free training to its volunteers, and volunteers can set flexible schedules.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Isaacson, volunteer services specialist, by email or call 919.489.6541 x.4120.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Volunteers serve our neighbors in need every day. They’re on the scene of home fires. They’re assisting life-saving blood donors. They’re working with military members and veterans. Recently, local Red Cross crews traveled to West Virginia to help those affected by the June 2016 flooding.

The organization:

  • shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters
  • supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood
  • teaches skills that save lives
  • provides international humanitarian aid
  • supports military members and their families

June 2016, thousands of West Virginia residents went without power and gas service. Dozens of roads were closed because of flooding and flood damage. Nearly 20 Red Cross and community shelters opened across the affected counties, and thanks to their work, hundreds of people were able to take refuge from the flooding.

“We have 14 volunteers from the Eastern North Carolina Region on the scene in West Virginia,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “In times of crisis, the Red Cross comes together to make sure people get the help they need.”

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding, and countless other crises, can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1.800.RED.CROSS, or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit them on Twitter at @RedCross.

Blood donors needed across the US. Source: American Red Cross (PRNewsFoto/American Red Cross).
Blood donors needed across the US. Source: American Red Cross (PRNewsFoto/American Red Cross).
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