TAMPA BAY, FL, Tuesday, April 26, 2016…The American Red Cross in Central Florida is seeking volunteers to help people affected by the recent floods in Texas, but they don’t have to pack a bag or get on a plane.
Red Cross Virtual Caseworkers can provide assistance to individuals and families in developing recovery plans, assessing the full range of government and community resources, advocacy, and problem-solving. They can also provide direct client assistance to eligible clients, when appropriate to meet immediate and/or serious disaster caused needs.
There is a great need for volunteers that are bilingual in English and Spanish.
Nearly two feet of rain resulted in devastating floods around the greater Houston metro area and the Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and comfort to residents forced from their homes. Many residents escaped with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
Training includes approximately seven hours of online training. Candidates must be 18 years or older, pass a free background check, have a computer and telephone and commit to a minimum of ten consecutive days.
Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO for the Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross and Executive Director for the Tampa Bay Chapter was virtually assisting the disaster operation in Louisiana for weeks. “The opportunity to help people from hundreds of miles away opens an entirely new way to volunteer,” said Carbone. “Many compassionate people want to help during disasters, but for various reasons cannot travel to the affected area. Here is their opportunity to make a difference from their very own home.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.