The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Employees and volunteers of the American Red Cross are essential in keeping the American public informed and prepared to prevent and respond to disasters and personal emergencies. They provide training in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid and collect and distribute more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross also supports members of the military, veterans and their families. They help victims of nearly 70,000 disasters annually in providing them the support, comfort and necessities they need to recover from everything from single family house fires to devastating floods, wildfires and other weather related catastrophes. For the most part this crucial work is performed by a well-trained, well-positioned network of volunteers, who are valued as equal partners to paid staff.
The SUN Area chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking persons who are willing to train to work as registration clerks and canteen helpers at blood drives. These persons need to be flexible, creative and most of all, friendly. They should be willing to answer questions and guide new donors through the process of giving blood. Their assistance is particularly needed in Snyder and Northumberland counties.
Also in great demand are the volunteers who are willing to be on-call and visit families whose homes have been involved in a fire. Guidance and assistance towards recovery for fire victims is provided 24/7 by the Disaster Action Team across the tri-county service area. Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Red Cross should call (570) 524-0400 ext. 1603 to speak with the volunteer coordinator, Natalie Kuhns. An intake process involves a background check as well as training which is provided at no cost.