New Jersey Red Cross Disaster Workers Lend a Helping Hand Following Hurricane Matthew

Thousands of people in the Southeast continue to deal with the effects of Hurricane Matthew weeks after the storm made landfall. Since the day the storm hit the United States coast, the American Red Cross has been working to help those who were devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, food, and disaster relief items and help with recovery. Not only have Red Cross disaster workers in the South stepped forward to help, but disaster workers from New Jersey are rushing to assist those affected. More than 30 New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers have traveled south to lend a helping hand in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

See New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers in action!

 

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Red Cross volunteers are always thinking about others in need. Even if they have to cross hundreds of miles, they are always willing to lend a hand and help those affected by disaster ensuring no one is ever alone in their time of need.

You can help too!
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Learn more about the Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew here.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is offering training for new volunteers who wish to deploy to the Southeast to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles including working at shelters, assisting with feeding operations, distributing relief supplies, working in a warehouse, loading/unloading supplies from trucks and recovery casework. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, in good general health and commit to a minimum of two weeks working in the Southeast. Training and travel-related expenses are covered by the Red Cross. Volunteer opportunities for virtual work, which allows volunteers to assist with the relief operation from here in New Jersey, are also available and include recovery casework. Visit redcross.org/NJ for more information and to register for training.

By Arrshia Kumar, American Red Cross Youth Volunteer

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