Red Cross Responding to Wildfires in WA, OR, ID & CA
Hundreds of volunteers are providing shelter, meals, and comfort. You can help by making a donation, giving blood, or becoming a volunteer
July 22, 2021
SPOKANE—Hundreds of trained American Red Cross disaster volunteers are helping 24-7 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California to support people affected by wildfires throughout the western states.
“July has already been an incredibly busy month for the Red Cross with hundreds of disaster workers responding to help people whose lives were turned upside down by wildfires and other disasters,” said Alex Dieffenbach, Northwest Region CEO. “We need your help now. Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer, giving blood, or making a donation to help people affected by disasters today.”
The Red Cross has teams of volunteers working at more than a dozen open shelters and evacuation centers up and down the west coast. These individuals provide cots, meals, water, snacks, and services to evacuating families and those whose homes have been destroyed. Red Cross volunteers are also helping to replace prescription medications, eyeglasses and offer emotional support to people whose lives have been turned upside down.
The Red Cross is working to build additional local capacity during this month. When community members step up to volunteer as a shelter or feeding associate, they can support those affected by disaster. Volunteers not only help those in need but build community resilience. They are also looking for individuals with health care backgrounds to help deliver critical services to our communities when disaster strikes. If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review the most urgently needed volunteer positions here: http://redcross.org/volunteertoday.