Red Cross Recruiting Maui Disaster Volunteers

September 20, 2016, 1:50 PM HST · Updated September 20, 2:01 PM
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Red Cross Maui workers responding to flood damaged areas of ʻĪao Valley on Sept. 17, 2016.

Red Cross Maui workers responding to flood damaged areas of ʻĪao Valley on Sept. 17, 2016.

The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster volunteers on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

“We need our communities prepared for disasters before they occur.  One critical piece is to have trained volunteers on standby and ready to respond,” said Michele Liberty, Red Cross Maui County Director.  “We encourage new volunteers to join the Red Cross ʻohana and support our mission of helping those in need,” she said.

From hurricanes to house fires, the Hawaiʻi Red Cross responds to disasters statewide every four days. Response can range from a single displaced family to thousands of disaster victims.   “This is what the Red Cross is about- neighbor helping neighbor- down the street, across the nation, and around the world,” organizers said.  All disaster training and services are provided free of charge.

If interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, the first step is to register online at redcross.org/hawaii. To register, 1) click on ‘Volunteer’ and then 2) click on ‘Becoming a Volunteer’.  Once applications are completed through the Volunteer Connection system, the Red Cross will contact interested individuals about signing up for basic disaster classes.

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Call the Maui Office at (808) 244-0051 with any questions or for more information on the training.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others.  Gifts support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the world.

Contributions can be mailed to: American Red Cross, Hawaiʻi State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, HI  96816.  Secure online donations can also be made at redcross.org/hawaii  or call:  (808) 739-8109.

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