Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Floods, Fires, and Ice Storms - these are disasters that effect our families, friends, and neighbors. During critical times like these, the Red Cross helps people find a safe place to live, provides them with food and clothing, and helps them with the initial steps towards recoveryThere is an on-going need for disaster services volunteers, ready to support Red Cross preparedness and relief efforts and for educating our communities about Red Cross services. Health and Safety courses need instructors to teach children and adults basic safety skills like CPR, babysitting, first aid, swimming, lifeguarding and other skills that will help people prevent emergencies and save lives. Our work in the field relies on a network of volunteers who serve in supporting roles such as administration, facilities, vehicle care, and supplies and logistics. The Red Cross collects approximately 40% of the nation's blood supply, so volunteers are needed to support blood drives. Disaster assistance is free to those in need, and the Red Cross is funded solely on donations, so we utilize the power and knowledge of volunteers to help us fundraise and provide general awareness to the public in securing the financial resources to do what we do. In addition, the Red Cross is, first and foremost, an organization run largely by volunteers, so we need volunteer leaders to serve on the committees and boards that help to form our region's vision and direction. The Red Cross in Maine has more than 200 different ways to help those in your community and your state - there's a role for just about everybody. We'd love to talk to you about ways that you can be part of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world.
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