This is a sponsored post on behalf of the American Red Cross.
Hurricane Dorian has already devastated the Bahamas and the damage will only continue. Earlier this week while I was sitting on a call to become an official volunteer with the American Red Cross, volunteers were deploying in anticipation of the category five hurricane to hit. The Red Cross is prepared to go where there is a need, but 90% of their workforce are volunteers like YOU. I am training to become a volunteer because of my time at the American Red Cross headquarters a few weeks ago where I learned the mission statement and fundamental principles of the organization and the immense amount of work they do.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
Ways You Can Help During Disasters
Every single dollar donated to the American Red Cross goes towards the owner’s intent. If you donate specifically to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian, it WILL go towards the cause. The American Red Cross never charges for their services and is extremely transparent about where donor money goes.
There are a variety of opportunities to volunteer your time within the American Red Cross. Whether you want to be the boots on the ground in the wake of an emergency like Hurricane Dorian or a behind-the-scenes virtual volunteer, your time and talents can be utilized. To start the process, find your Red Cross volunteer opportunity.
Download the Free Apps
The American Red Cross has developed lifesaving apps to help you and others in emergency situations, a blood donation app to schedule and manage appointments, and disaster apps to give you expert information.
Download the Hurricane app in the app store or text “GETCANE” to 90999.
Through this app, you can monitor hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.
The Red Cross is More Than Disaster Relief
Yes, the Red Cross is an extremely important organization for worldwide disaster relief, but they are involved in so much more. Here’s a list of important programs I will be sharing more about:
- Blood Donations
- Home Fire Campaign (Installed 1.8 million alarms in homes!)
- Preparedness: The Pillowcase Project
- Individual Disasters (Respond to 62,000 home fires per year)
- Services to Armed Forces
- Restoring Family Links (reconnecting families separated by migration, disasters, and emergencies.)
- International Services (providing life-saving vaccinations)
- Health and Training Certification