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Red Cross needs volunteers, literally and virtually

April 20. National Volunteer Week is this week, and the Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region needs volunteers to help people in need, even during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Virtual Volunteer Fair to learn about opportunities will be held Tuesday, April 28. Due to this novel coronavirus outbreak, volunteers are providing relief services virtually, in coordination with local fire departments. Connecting with families by phone or video calls, the Red Cross organization is helping to provide support such as lodging, health and mental health services, and emergency financial assistance, as well as link people to available recovery resources.

To learn about opportunities as a Red Cross volunteer, join a Virtual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, April 28 from noon-1:30 p.m. There are virtual and on-site opportunities, and information will be given on how to get started as volunteer. RSVP required by April 24. Email GCARVolservices@redcross.org and include Mecklenburg as the county of residence.

Volunteer opportunities include:

• Helping families impacted by local disasters
• Reaching out to military and veteran families to provide aid
• Helping out at blood drives
• Working behind the scenes to support volunteers, and more.

“Red Cross volunteers keep our communities strong,” said Allison Taylor, Regional Executive for the Greater Carolinas Region. “We honor these true heroes who give their time to help people in need.”

Everyone’s safety is their top priority, the group says. Review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your healthcare provider and follow local guidance.