American Red Cross to Offer Zero to Hero Volunteer Training Program in Bloomington

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[January 09, 2017]  BLOOMINGTON, IL, December 13, 2016 — The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will offer a special Zero to Hero disaster volunteer training in Bloomington, on February 10-12, 2017.

Zero to Hero is a unique opportunity for people to fast track the required training to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer. In just one weekend, Zero to Hero participants will go through a concentrated training session to complete all the initial training to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer. The Red Cross encourages anyone who has considered becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer to attend the Zero to Hero event. In addition to the training, participants will learn more about Red Cross disaster response and volunteer opportunities.

“Red Cross disaster volunteers are trained to respond to all types of disasters and Zero to Hero is a great opportunity for new volunteers to fast track that training into one weekend,” said Alyssa Pollock, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Zero to Hero participants will also have a chance to interact with Red Cross staff and other volunteers to learn more about the Red Cross.”

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The Zero to Hero event will be held at the American Red Cross office at One Westport Court in Bloomington. The Zero to Hero event is free, but advance registration is requested. To register or learn more about Zero to Hero or other Red Cross volunteer opportunities, email or call Laura at 309-662-0500, ext. 7428.

[Trish Burnett, Regional Communications Director]

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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