Red Cross in “urgent need” of disaster volunteers for WNC

From the American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas:

GREENVILLE, SC, February 3, 2014 – American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas has an urgent need for disaster response volunteers to serve Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. This winter’s unusually cold weather has increased demand for disaster services, especially those related to residential fires. In the past week alone, area Red Cross volunteers have responded to 33 disasters, affecting 70 adults and 42 children, in the Western Carolinas Region.

Volunteers constitute about 95% of the American Red Cross workforce. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross. They provide hope when someone loses everything,” said Ann Wright, CEO of the Western Carolinas Region.

Disaster Volunteer Orientations include an overview Red Cross services, its mission and purpose, volunteer opportunities and information on how to get started as an American Red Cross Volunteer. Orientations are held from 6-8 pm and will be offered at Red Cross community offices on the following dates:

Thursday, February 6
115 Whitehall Road Anderson

Thursday, February 13
940 Grove Road Greenville

Wednesday, February 19
100 Edgewood Road Asheville

Thursday, March 6
224 East Main Street Walhalla

Tuesday, March 11
131 East Main Street Spartanburg

Thursday, March 20
940 Grove Road Greenville

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online at:

For more information, please email:, or in South Carolina call (864) 607-3201; in North Carolina call (828) 258-3888, extension 228.


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