QUINCY -- The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers from both West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
Connie Dudgeon, a volunteer recruiting specialist for the Red Cross, told The Herald-Whig that the most common disaster the agency responds to locally and nationally involves house fires.
"There are needs here to fill," Dudgeon said. "We have people, but more are needed."
Dudgeon said a Red Cross volunteer often experiences a wide range of emotions when serving.
"You think responding to house fires would make someone depressed, but it actually makes our volunteers feel grateful for what they have and more connected to others," she said.
The four greatest Red Cross volunteering needs are:
º Disaster responder: Volunteers meet with victims to ensure their basic needs are met right after a disaster.
"The experience is meaningful and makes a difference," Dudgeon said.
º Disaster duty officer: Duty officers work from home and serve as dispatchers, receiving information about local incidents as they are happening and then calling an action team to go to the scene. Duty officers are the communication link between the fire department or emergency management office and the team of volunteer responders.
º Blood donor ambassador: An ambassador greets people as they arrive at local blood drives, helps them check in and offers hospitality.
º Service to armed forces: These volunteers provide support for and help to families who have loved ones in the armed forces.
For more information about Red Cross volunteering, contact Dudgeon at 309-277-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.