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Red Cross helps, needs volunteers

What do you call people who consider themselves on-call 24-hours a day, who get out of bed in the middle of the night to help find a place to sleep for a family whose house has been destroyed by fire and they don’t get paid a dime for their trouble?

What do you call people who show up to teach strangers how to save a life, and help U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected — with no monetary compensation?

You call them American Red Cross volunteers. This year, volunteers in Island County Chapter devoted over 3,000 hours of service to our community. They responded to eight house fires, taught health and safety courses to over 2,000 individuals, and provided information on Red Cross services to over 1,300 military members and their dependents. Nationwide, Red Cross volunteers gave a staggering 162 million hours of service this year.

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, a time to thank the over 200 local residents who served our community this year through volunteering with the American Red Cross, Island County Chapter. The theme of National Volunteer Week is “Inspire by Example” and that is just what Red Cross volunteers do.

The American Red Cross, Island County Chapter needs people from throughout the community, of all ages and skills. Right now, we would especially welcome Island County residents who have an interest in training to respond in times of emergency, becoming health and safety instructors and representing the chapter at Island County events. To volunteer, contact Debbie Banta, volunteer resource manager at 360-257-2096 or e-mail volunteer@islandredcross.org. Debbie can be reached at the chapter office Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Barbara Johnson, director

Island County Red Cross

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