The American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers in Maine this winter to help with blood clinics and to respond to local emergencies by supporting people in times of need.
Since last July, trained members of the Red Cross Disaster Response Team have responded to more than 165 home fires in the state, helping more than 600 people, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Costa. .
Red Cross Disaster Volunteers help families meet their immediate needs following a fire and provide financial and emotional support to help them recover.
“Our Red Cross volunteers support their community and neighbors in need every day by responding to local emergencies,” said Aaron McIntire, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross, Northern New England Region. “We need more help so that no one is alone in this heartbreaking situation.”
In Maine, the Red Cross is looking for 19 disaster relief volunteers to meet current needs in Androscoggin, Franklin, Somerset, Hancock, Lincoln, Waldo, Aroostook and Piscataquis counties.
“Volunteering with the Red Cross is by far the most satisfying, heartwarming and compassionate job I have ever done. Being at ground level, helping people in times of disaster, is so rewarding. am able to make an immediate difference when someone unexpectedly has the worst day of their life,” said Denise Martin, a disaster volunteer in Maine.
Volunteers wanted for American Red Cross blood drives in Maine
The Red Cross also needs 116 volunteers across the state to support blood drives, as the United States faces a critical need for blood products and platelets. Blood Donor Ambassadors play an important role by welcoming, checking in, answering questions and informing blood donors.
Officials say three volunteers are currently needed in Aroostook County.
For more information, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.
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This is relatively strong data for a state that continues to grow and progress.
While many cities were in and around this average, there were many that exceeded the state average.
Here is an overview of the cities that have experienced the best growth during this period.