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June 13, 2013

Red Cross in search of storm relief volunteers

STILLWATER, Okla. — The American Red Cross is asking for volunteers to assist in the next step of recovery for tornado victims across the state.

“We saw a huge rush of volunteers as soon as the storms hit and a lot of those volunteers aren’t able to help us out right now,” said Regional Director of Communications Ken Garcia. “We need more of them.”

Volunteers would work in the Multi-Agency Resource Center to greet, guide and assist individuals and families meeting with Red Cross and other agencies. The organization is also looking for those with basic computer skills who can conduct a background check.

“We have a lot of casework that is now starting so we have a lot that needs to be put into the system,” Garcia said.

Garcia said they are hoping to get as many volunteers as possible for the hundreds of victims who come in every day. Garcia said 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteer-based.

“Without volunteers, the Red Cross would not be able to do what it does following disasters,” he said.

A number of shifts are available for the next two weeks. Register online at http://tiny-url.com/okredcrossvol. Those interested may also call 571-205-3266 or 571-205-3551.

“Oklahoma has big hearts and they showed that just after the storms hit and now the Red Cross needs them to show that all over again,” Garcia said.

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