Northeast Tennessee American Red Cross calls for volunteers to bolster the ranks

Becky Campbell • Feb 25, 2019 at 11:16 PM

 The Northeast Tennessee chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to fill out the resources available during disasters.

“We have a wonderful base of volunteers across our 13 counties,” Executive Director Kalen Collins said Monday. And after the area-wide flooding this past weekend, it’s all too evident how much the volunteer effort is needed.

Collins said there are three main areas of volunteering the agency hopes to grow — disaster assessment, caseworkers to conduct follow-ups with disaster victims and people to operate the sheltering team.

“Our disaster team is our most popular line of service when it comes to volunteerism,” Collins said, but there are numerous other volunteer positions, including administrative work, that volunteers could be assigned to do.

“People love giving back,” Collins said.  “We have so many types of line of services, and we really try to find a fit for everyone. We want to make sure we put the right person in the right position, and we want them to really value our mission.”

Training is free to all volunteers both online and at the chapter office. Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Red Cross can sign up online at www.redcross.org.




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