Have you thought about volunteering in your county in northern California? Do you live in Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Lassen or Trinity counties? Have you wanted to help people in your community, especially in times of tragedy and disaster? Have you wanted to help people throughout the nation during disasters? Do you have internet access? If you have answered yes to any of these questions you might consider volunteering for the Red Cross.
I started volunteers after the 2014 summer fires. I was motivated by homes, and forest fires burning many acres in my county. I tried to help at that time. Many people like me, want to help in that moment of crisis, but Red Cross has a fairly rigid screening process. Not everyone or anyone can just walk into an evacuation shelter and help. I am very grateful for that, for the clients, and for myself. So even though I couldn’t go and help at that moment, I decided that I would train and become a volunteer for future disasters.
I am so thankful that I did! It has been a wonderful experience! There are myths and rumors that you have to be a nurse or medic to volunteer for Red Cross. I used to think that, and since I’ve started volunteering, several times I have been asked if I was a nurse. That isn’t the case at all!
I volunteer in the Disaster Services and so do most the people in northern California. One way Red Cross supports your county,is for every house fire, Red Cross helps the victims. But that is just one aspect, and there are many positions volunteers can choose from.
Happy New Year!