The Red Cross needs local volunteers | Community

MANCHESTER— Winter has arrived and with it an increase in the number of house fires. The American Red Cross Northern New England Region is recruiting new volunteers to help respond to these local emergencies by supporting people when they need it most.

Since July, trained members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) have responded to at least 83 home fires in New Hampshire, helping 421 people.

“What motivated me to become a disaster response team responder were the faces. The faces of people who lost everything they owned, and I’m here to offer a smile warm, a warm blanket and a place to spend the night,” said Erv Connary, a Red Cross volunteer from Dummer, New Hampshire.

NEED LOCAL RESPONSE ASSISTANCE DAT volunteers help families meet their immediate needs after a fire in their home and provide support during a very difficult time. As a member of the DAT team, you will provide emotional support, access to financial assistance, and information to help families begin to recover. DAT team members respond to emergencies to provide immediate compassion and care. Training will be provided.

“Our Red Cross volunteers support their community and neighbors in need every day by responding to local emergencies,” said Aaron McIntire, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross, Northern New England Region. “We need more help so that no one is alone in this heartbreaking situation.”

In New Hampshire, we are looking for 31 Disaster Volunteers in the following regions to meet current needs: Conway (6), Laconia (4), North Country (4), Plymouth (5), Keene (6) and Seacoast (6) .

VOLUNTEERS ALSO NEEDED FOR BLOOD SERVICES The Red Cross also needs volunteers to support blood drives, as the country faces a critical and ongoing need for blood products and platelets. Blood Donor Ambassadors play an important role by welcoming, checking in, answering questions and providing information to blood donors throughout the donation process.

In New Hampshire, we are looking for 26 Blood Donor Ambassadors in the following counties to meet the current need: Hillsborough (16), Sullivan (3), Carroll (2), Rockingham (5).

COVID-19 AND STAYING SAFE The need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as the Red Cross navigates the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Everyone’s safety is our top priority and our guidelines reflect the latest CDC safety recommendations. COVID-19 vaccination is required for in-person volunteer roles beginning February 15, 2022. When considering volunteer opportunities, review CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness, consult your healthcare provider health and follow local advice.

Please consider joining the Red Cross as a volunteer today and bring help and hope to those in need. Vaccination verification required for in-person roles. Note: This does not apply if it conflicts with applicable national or local regulations. Learn more about

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