Canadian Red Cross seeking volunteers across Saskatchewan

You can help when it’s most needed

 (REGINA) September 14, 2020 – The Canadian Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers in Saskatchewan to help people affected by community-wide emergencies or personal disasters.

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 The most pressing need is for volunteer members of the Emergency Management and Personal Disaster Assistance teams. Volunteers with these teams provide support to people affected by large-scale disasters, such as flooding or wildfires, or those affected by a personal disaster, such as a house fire. There are also opportunities with the Safety and Wellbeing team, which provides emotional support for those experiencing crisis or disaster.

“Volunteering with the Red Cross is an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Kim MacLean, acting vice president of the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan. “It is an opportunity to help your neighbours and communities, close to home or across the province, in times of disaster and uncertainty.”

 Disasters – large and small – haven’t stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where possible, the Red Cross has adjusted services to be provided virtually, with volunteers working from home or at a distance. For times when close proximity is required, guidelines are in place for the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. These new protocols are in use as Red Cross volunteers continue to respond to personal disasters happening regularly in Saskatchewan and across the country.

Joining the Red Cross is a fulfilling way to make a meaningful contribution while using or developing highly transferable skills, said MacLean. “As part of the largest humanitarian organization in the world, the Red Cross allows people from a variety of age groups, in communities all over the province, to help when and where it’s needed most.”

 For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.ca/volunteer

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