Chambers County Red Cross in need of volunteers

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The American Red Cross is reaching out to the community of Chambers County and surrounding areas for help.

They are reportedly in desperate need of volunteers in their Disaster Services Department.

According to The American Red Cross Organization, volunteers make up nearly 90 percent of the business workforce. They also respond to nearly 70,000 disasters a year.

But, in Chambers County, they are having problems keeping up with the volunteer need.

"You don't realize that until you're standing in front of a house that's burned down to the grown with a family of 5 or 6 that the only help they are going to get that evening the Red Cross, so please, we need volunteers," said Volunteer, Joan Wood.

For the last year and a half, only one person has been responsible for responding to all area disasters within Chambers County, including all of Cusseta, LaFayette, Lanett, and Valley.

Disaster relief volunteers are responsible for in providing relief to victims of a fire, floods, and other disasters.

"We need people who would be able to respond. It's not a full-time thing. It's whenever there is a need. We have maybe a couple fires a month, so it's not a lot of time out of your schedule, but if we need someone to respond, we need you to respond quickly," said Wood.

You must be 18-years-old or older to be a volunteer with the Red Cross. They also request that you are computer literate.

You can contact the local Red Cross chapter in Opelika or click here for more information.

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