BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March is Red Cross Month, and the Red Cross is looking for volunteers who want to become community heroes to help fulfill its mission. The American Red Cross will host a new volunteer orientation at the American Red Cross Bridgeport Office, 158 Brooklawn Ave., on Thursday from 10-11 a.m.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected.
The Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Across our region, on average we respond to nearly two home fires per day, and those responders are Red Cross volunteers. We are looking for more volunteers to help us fulfill our mission.”
Last year, the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region responded to nearly 1,200 disasters, the majority of which were home fires.
The hourlong orientation session is designed to introduce new volunteers to the history of the Red Cross and to local volunteer opportunities. Those interested in attending the session must register in advance online .
For more information, call 860-678-2788.
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