Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Red Cross Thanks Volunteers During Volunteer Week

Submitted by Lynne M Gump, Executive Director at American Red Cross Darke County Chapter

The American Red Cross Darke County Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 6 - 12.

Each year, our volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations, in fact with this year’s winter weather, they are likely to respond to twice as many fires as last year. Volunteers trained people in lifesaving skills and assisted military members, veterans and their families in emergency communications. Volunteers reach out to our Veterans in assisted living facilities with monthly visits.

I want to invite the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of our lifesaving work. We’re looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Go to to learn more about volunteering with us and how to submit a volunteer application. Check out our facebook page to see pictures and activities of our volunteers now and from the past, along with activities celebrating Volunteer Week.

If you want to volunteer to help when a disaster strikes our community, download the Team Red Cross app. You’ll receive notifications when Red Cross volunteers are needed in the area. The app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to By following a few steps and taking some online classes, you can be ready to respond locally, when needed to provide Mass Care services in shelters.

I want to extend my sincerest thanks to the one-hundred and twenty-six local Red Cross volunteers who help us fulfill our mission 365 days a year, 24 hours a day here in Darke County.

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