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–The American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast is launching a series of trainings that will prepare new volunteers to serve throughout the organization. These trainings will include a Red Cross orientation, an introduction to volunteer role opportunities, and show how to support local and national disaster relief efforts. Two trainings are scheduled:

  • San Luis Obispo Training: Oct 11 and Oct 27 from 6–9 p.m. at  225 Prado Road Suite A, San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara Training: Oct 17 and Oct 24 from 6–9 p.m. at 2707 State Street, Santa Barbara

Anyone interested in attending these trainings should first visit the volunteer page of the Red Cross website to complete a volunteer application and background check. Upon completion, applicants will receive an automated e-mail invitation to RSVP for an upcoming training in their area.

“We are always looking for new people who are interested in supporting their communities in times of disaster and beyond,” said Kelley Reszetylo, Red Cross Volunteer Services Officer, “The Red Cross Fundamentals Trainings have been set up to jump start our new volunteers on their Red Cross Journey. Whether you have two weeks free to deploy to support a national disaster or a few hours free to support your community locally through blood drives, service to our military, disaster preparedness and beyond, come and join us.”

In the last five weeks, the Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes: Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To date, more than 15,000 trained disaster workers, 91-percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support these hurricane relief efforts.

“It’s through the efforts of our amazing volunteers that we can do extraordinary things,” said Kimberly Coley, Red Cross Executive Director. “The Red Cross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of these unprecedented disasters. This vital work is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents, and skill levels.”

The need to support the Red Cross is more relevant than ever. No other organization is better positioned to help people in their most desperate hour of need. Whether it’s a home fire, wildfire, flood, or earthquake, the Red Cross will be there when needed most. Help people affected by disasters by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donations can be made online, by calling (800) 435-7669 or “Red Cross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people.



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