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CNY Chapter of the American Red Cross offers volunteer training for Sandy relief effort

The need for shelter volunteers in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy is overwhelming. That’s why the Red Cross is offering volunteer training to those interested in helping.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The need for shelter volunteers in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy is overwhelming. That’s why the Red Cross is offering volunteer training to those interested in helping.

Shelters have been opened up in multiple states and feeding operations have been ramped up.

To meet the need for volunteers the Red Cross will hold a special volunteer training for those who would like to assist in serving the people who have been displaced.

The class will be held on Saturday, November 3, at the Red Cross Central New York Chapter, located at 220 Herald Place in Syracuse. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Red Cross says volunteers who want to help with the Sandy relief efforts should understand the following:
  • They need to be able to leave immediately after Saturday training.
  • They need to commit to a two-week minimum stay.
  • They need to be prepared for hardship conditions.
  • They need to clear a basic background check.
If you’re interested in joining the front lines of this national disaster response can reserve space by visiting www.mybackgroundcheck.com. Once you’re there, follow these steps:
  • Click on American Red Cross Volunteer.
  • Click on Disaster Response.
  • Click on Hurricane Sandy 145.
  • Complete process and submit.
  • Call Chapter at 234-2200 to reserve your space in the class.
  • Go to www.redcrosscny.org to fill out the volunteer application, and follow directions for a background check.
For additional information you may also call the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross at 315-234-2200.

Additional ways you can help:
  • Make a financial donation by visiting www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • You may also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Donations may also be sent to your local chapter of the American Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
  • Blood donations are also needed. To schedule a donation time or to get more information about giving blood visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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