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Red Cross in Juneau seeking volunteers

Posted: January 14, 2013 - 12:05am
Roger Rettig, Disaster Services Specialist with the American Red Cross of Alaska, at their Hospital Drive office on Friday. The American Red Cross is holding as series of workshops on dealing with disasters starting Monday.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Roger Rettig, Disaster Services Specialist with the American Red Cross of Alaska, at their Hospital Drive office on Friday. The American Red Cross is holding as series of workshops on dealing with disasters starting Monday.

The American Red Cross of Alaska will be offering a series of free classes in Juneau beginning on Monday, in hopes of attracting new volunteers.

Disaster Services Specialist for Southeast Alaska Roger Rettig says there are only about 12 enrolled volunteers in Juneau, maybe half of which are active. Ideally, there should be two dozen or more, Rettig said.

““That’s one of our goals is to energize volunteers and educate them,” Rettig said. “It may not be their cup of tea, so to speak. It may be something that they’d like to do to support the community during a time of crisis, but they might find out that another social service agency fits there want or desire to help, but we certainly encourage them to give us a look and find out more about what they can offer.”

Monday’s class will be an overview of disaster services and is for people interested in learning about volunteer opportunities in disaster preparedness and response. It will be held from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Red Cross office in Juneau, 3225 Hospital Drive. The same class will be held on Feb. 12.

Another class on shelter operations and simulation will be held next Saturday, Jan. 19, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. That target audience is employees and volunteers of the Red Cross, other agencies and community leaders who will be working on shelter operations teams.

A class on client casework and another on the “Safe and Well Linking” activity will be held in March.

For more information on the classes, call the Red Cross office at 463-5713. For more information on how to become a volunteer, visit the Red Cross of Alaska website at alaska.redcross.org.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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