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Red Cross is seeking volunteers for relief efforts

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley is seeking individuals to volunteer to help those impacted by a disaster.

Several volunteer orientation briefings to learn more about virtual, local or national opportunities will be held.

The Red Cross this year has responded to many hurricanes with more on the way while hundreds of fires are burning in California, Oregon and Washington.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the American Red Cross is experiencing challenges to deploy trained disaster volunteers. In light of this, the Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help virtually, in the community or in impacted areas across the country.

A special need exists for volunteers to support sheltering efforts.

Because of the pandemic, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters and follow social distancing protocols.

To help keep people safe, the Red Cross has put in place additional precautions and developed special training for volunteers. Volunteers are needed for shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve.

Volunteers also are needed to respond to disasters in their communities such as home fires and floods.

Volunteer orientation briefings will be held at noon and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Register for one of the briefings at http://bit.ly/BeAHeroTraining.

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