TROY — The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help the organization fulfill its humanitarian mission. It is specifically looking for those interested in serving in one of three particular areas, and is offering free training in those areas during October. This means individuals can begin serving almost immediately. The three areas are:
• Pillowcase Project — The Pillowcase Project is an hour-long presentation in partnership with Disney that teaches students in grades 3-5 how to be prepared for a disaster. This includes using a Disney-created pillowcase to fill with disaster preparedness materials — flashlights, clothes, extra toothbrush, etc. — and use as an emergency kit. Training is available on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. However, an online training component must be completed prior to the in-person training. Last year, more than 1,500 children were trained locally.
• Veteran Visitation — In order to honor our nation’s veterans, the Red Cross visits those who live in the area’s assisted living facilities to offer companionship and thank them for their service. Veteran visitation training is being held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. A refresher training course for established veteran visitors is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m.
• General presentation — The Red Cross receives numerous requests throughout the course of the year from groups looking for someone to talk about the Red Cross’s mission and programs at various events. General presentation training is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1-4 p.m.
“Volunteers are the life blood of our mission delivery and the way we reach our community,” said Lynne Gump, executive director, “We are always looking to recruit new members.”
All October trainings are at the American Red Cross office in Troy at 1314 Barnhart Road. To become a Red Cross volunteer and sign up for training, go to www.RedCross.org/volunteer. For more information on the trainings or how to be an American Red Cross Volunteer, contact your local office at (937) 332-1414, located in Troy.
The American Red Cross 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; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.