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Red Cross volunteer orientation in Springfield

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[April 07, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- American Red Cross volunteers touch lives every day. It takes all kinds of people to make the organization work -- different ages, different backgrounds and different skills.

The Illinois Capital Area Chapter will have a volunteer orientation Thursday at the Springfield office for all interested in becoming volunteers. There is no commitment necessary for attending this orientation.
  • Date: Thursday, April 11

  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Location: Illinois Capital Area Chapter office, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield

The Red Cross is looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels to volunteer in Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery, Sangamon and Shelby counties.

Local staff members work with new volunteers to find roles that best suit each person's skills and interests. These include responding to disasters; assisting local military members, their families and veterans; staffing first-aid stations; teaching lifesaving skills and disaster training courses; delivering meals to community members through the Red Cross Meals on Wheels program; educating the community on disaster and emergency preparation; general office duties; public affairs; and assisting with special events and fundraisers.

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Following the orientation, there will be a class called Disaster Services: An Overview. This free course explains how the American Red Cross responds to disasters and the role of its volunteers during such times. Anyone is welcome regardless of age or experience.

To learn more about this orientation, call 217-787-7602, ext. 227; email; or visit

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