PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The American Red Cross WV Region is seeking disaster volunteers for Territory 1. Territory 1 includes the counties of Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hancock, Jackson, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood.

The Red Cross hopes to build momentum in all communities within this region to recruit new volunteers who will be trained to respond to disasters locally. This recruitment is targeted specifically toward Local Disaster Responders. Local Disaster Responders will become part of a Disaster Action Team and are dispatched as needed to assist families who have experienced localized disasters such as house fires and floods.

For the period July 1 thru September 30, volunteers have served 127 clients in Territory 1 providing folks with shelter, clothing, food as well as referrals to other organizations to help them with their recovery from the disaster they experienced.

The Red Cross offers a variety of opportunities and we can find the fit that is right for you, your interests, skills and experience. For more information, contact Shannon Taylor at (304)485-7311 x 7104 or Shannon.Taylor@redcross.org

People of all ages are welcome to volunteer. You can sign up anytime at redcrosswv.org

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 visit redcrosswv.org or visit us on Twitter at @ARCWV

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