Red Cross volunteers make a difference

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Anyone looking to make a real difference in the community has an excellent opportunity to do so.

The Fredrick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking local volunteers to help with its important mission to provide comfort and assistance to people who need it.

The Red Cross is especially looking for volunteers who can be trained for its Disaster Action Team, which goes to the scene of house fires to provide services to families, and VA clinic workers to assist patients and help transport veterans to their medical appointments.

Volunteers with the Disaster Action Team respond to the scene of house fires to offer temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and clothing and help fill other needs of people who have suffered a devastating loss of home and possessions.

Volunteers also work at community blood drives, assist and support military personnel and veterans and teach preparedness, health and safety classes.

Volunteers make up 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce, and the local chapter needs the community’s help to provide the manpower it needs to help the community. Volunteers can set flexible schedules in positions that relate to their specific skills or interests.

It’s hard to think of a better way for someone to give back to their community than to volunteer to help the Red Cross perform its many compassionate and crucial duties.

We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer to attend a special Open House at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Fredrick E. Turnage office at 326 S. Franklin St. to learn more about how they can help this worthwhile organization.