The Red Cross is grateful that local volunteers have been coming forward to help those affected by the Camp Fire. With volunteers currently making up 94% of the Red Cross, volunteers are needed and are essential in helping with the recovery process. Help is welcomed and needed, to help those affected by the fire.
Local Red Cross volunteer, Giselle Sutter briefly reflects on her land loss in Paradise but says “it is my honor to help my neighbors.” Giselle volunteers at the Butte County Fairgrounds Shelter and helps incoming volunteers navigate the volunteer process.
Lauren Fletcher, a local counselor, spoke with shelter staff at the Butte County Fairgrounds Shelter and after learning how to become a Red Cross volunteer, she applied online and is waiting on her background check to get started. When asked what she recommends for anyone interested in helping she says “go to your car and just do it before other things start to come up.”
The Red Cross is proud that a majority of our workforce are volunteers. Local volunteers are essential to not only help but also to remind shelter residents that their community has their back!
For locals interested in helping a local Red Cross shelter, we ask that you sign-up online as an event-based-volunteer (EBV), create a profile and provide information so that a background check can be conducted at https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html.
Story by Amy De La Fuente, American Red Cross volunteer
Photos by Elvia Alaniz and Amy De La Fuente, American Red Cross volunteer