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TWO FANTASTIC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES-GREENBURGH CERT AND AMERICAN RED CROSS
Release Date: February 24, 2019

Andrew Sindell is a co-Captain of the Greenburgh CERT team. And also Volunteer Recruitment Manager at American Red Cross. CERT does a fantastic job whenever there is an emergency.

He is encouraging residents to volunteer for either of these organization. The CERT training program can also help you learn important skills that can be put to good personal use.

 

Greenburgh CERT:

You want to be helpful and be an active member of your community?  Here is your chance! Come join Greenburgh C.E.R.T. – that is Greenburgh Community Emergency Response Team.  Under the supervision of the Greenburgh Police, the Greenburgh CERT is an all-volunteer squad with members from our own community.  Coordinated with other CERT members in the area, we offer essential training as well as organization to the all-volunteer team that serve as backup man power to the First Responders in our community.  After a short course on fundamentals such as basic first aid, triage, fire safety, search and rescue, Greenburgh CERT members meet monthly to be updated and retrained on various skills and topics, often which includes CPR and various emergency preparedness information.  From time to time we are activated (only by the police chief and on purely volunteer basis) to run emergency shelters, warming shelters, and assist with traffic control at local community events as well as to provide other logistical support to local First Responders as needed and qualified for (in a safe manner – safety first for the volunteers).  The training and information you take home can be invaluable to make your home and family that much safer even if you never come to any activation. There will be one less household desperate for assistance at the next emergency!

Next class starts on March 14th in Valhalla.  Please contact the Co-Captains Andrew Sindell atAndrew.Sindell@gmail.com or Lucian Chen at lcchen88@yahoo.com for further information.  

 

American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross-Metro NY North Chapter is looking for volunteers throughout Westchester to be part of an organization that helps neighbors in need!  The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  We need your help!  More than 92% of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers!  Did you know that if you have a fire in your home and are displaced for any reason a Red Cross Volunteer will be there to help?  Have you or someone in your family ever needed blood?  There is a good chance that blood came from a generous donor at a Red Cross Blood Drive!

 

Some current volunteer opportunities are as follows-all training provided free of charge: 

· Volunteer Screener- The Regional Volunteer Screener (also known as a Volunteer Interviewer)  gathers relevant information about prospective volunteer candidates while assessing which positions volunteers are best suited for. Provides an excellent experience for all new volunteers joining the American Red Cross.  Approx 4-8 hrs/week and can be done remotely.  Must be comfortable with computers and have excellent phone/interviewing skills.             

· Recovery Caseworker -Volunteer Caseworkers provide remote emergency assistance  within 24 hrs of a disaster response, per Red Cross policies, to those affected by disaster through direct intervention and referrals to internal and external partners.  Approx 4-8 hrs/week-initial training will take place in Hawthorne office and after work can be done remotely.  Must have excellent phone etiquette, good computer knowledge and be able to work independently and creatively.   

· Disaster Action Team Responder-DAT Members work within a team construct & ensure comprehensive emergency assistance and follow up are provided to those affected by everyday disasters such as residential fires, building vacates and home floods.  This position works directly with clients in the field--must have a driver's license and reliable transportation and be able to work under stressful conditions.  Training provided both online and in person at our Hawthorne Office.  Must commit to a minimum of two 8 hr shifts/month.    

· Blood Donor Ambassador- A Donor Ambassador is a blood drive volunteer who provides assistance to blood donors and Blood Services Collection staff at collection sites through the roles of hospitality and reception. The Donor Ambassadors cannot engage in phlebotomy or preform or assist in any medical procedure.  One blood drive/month required approx 4-6 hrs, blood drives take place throughout Westchester County at schools, businesses, churches etc.  

To apply please go online to the following website:

https://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/greater-new-york/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the positions further please contact:

Andrew Sindell:  Volunteer Recruitment Manager at Andrew.Sindell@redcross.org 

 

PAUL FEINER




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