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December 6, 2012

Volunteer work important in hurricane recovery

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Woodward, Okla. — VOLUNTEERING IS WORTHWHILE

Daily also acknowledged the sacrifices Red Cross volunteers must make in order to aid those in need.  However, she said those sacrifices are manageable compared to what the families affected by the disaster may be experiencing.

"When the Red Cross called to ask if I could go to New York to help with volunteer efforts, I started thinking about all the things I needed to do and why I couldn't go, but then I thought to myself, 'This is what you signed up for,'" she said. "Even though it was inconvenient for me, I thought, 'Think how inconvenient it is for the people who've lost everything.'"

Now after all she experienced volunteering in New York, Daily said she is even more willing to volunteer in future Red Cross disaster relief efforts.  She even plans to seek further training to pursue becoming a Red Cross volunteer supervisor.

Daily said she also absolutely encourages others to become volunteers.

"It's hard work walking around and seeing what everyone needs, but it's a very rewarding experience. You see these people who've lost everything and you count your blessings. It's a one of a kind experience and the relationships you build with volunteers and victims are very enduring," she said.

HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER

Those interested in following Daily's example and becoming Red Cross volunteers themselves may find it the opportune time to do so for several reasons, one of which being the availability of openings at the American Red Cross in Northwest Oklahoma.

Local Disaster Services and Operation Coordinator Gordon Burgess said, "Currently we are actively seeking volunteers to help aid in Red Cross efforts both nationwide as well as locally in the 8 counties the Northwest Oklahoma Red Cross branch covers."

He said the implementation of the Red Cross' new online volunteer application has made volunteering easier than ever before.

"For those interested in volunteering, all they have to do is go to www.okc.redcross.org, click 'Volunteer,' scroll down and click 'Complete a Volunteer Application Today,' then click 'General Volunteer: Online Orientation,' and hit 'Submit,'" he said.

Paper applications are also available at the Red Cross office on 1209 9th St. in Woodward.

Burgess also made note of the Red Cross's new Volunteer Connection website that allows volunteers to update their volunteer information, such as training they've had and certifications they hold, keep in contact with other volunteers from around the area, as well as select locations where they'd like to go to volunteer.

Those interested in more information about volunteering for the Red Cross are encouraged to visit www.redcross.org or contact Gordon Burgess at 256-3828.

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