POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 11:15am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Additional volunteers are needed to provide comfort for those in need across south Louisiana. The American Red Cross continues to ramp up volunteers and supplies for shelter and feeding operations as Isaac moves toward Louisiana.
Residents in the southern part of the state already are seeking safe shelter away from high-risk areas. “With many schools and offices closed Tuesday and Wednesday, take the opportunity of having off time to be of service to your community for those in need,” said Barbara Bourgeois, a volunteer leader for the Red Cross. Volunteers provide meals, shelter, hygiene and cleanup supplies and health and mental health services to those affected. Nurses, paramedics, student nurses and doctors operate within the scope of their certifications with the Red Cross.
If you are in a position to help, please meet at the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd. (near Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest), between 8 a.m. and noon on Tuesday. Registration takes about 30 minutes and includes a criminal background check. Be prepared to work in 12-hour shifts, and volunteers may be put to work immediately.
“Don’t worry about not having advance training; you will be paired with an experienced Red Cross volunteer and trained on site,” Bourgeois said. Long-term volunteer opportunities also are available.
The Red Cross will continue to be there when help can’t wait, providing critical relief and emergency services people facing crisis count on. As the recovery process begins, volunteers will be offering referrals, counseling, information and advocacy.
“You receive more than you give,” said Blanche Harvey, who alongside her husband has served with the Red Cross for 15 years. “The clients are so appreciative of everything we do and they always have been.”