American Red Cross-Cape Fear Chapter

  • Organization: American Red Cross-Cape Fear Chapter

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  • Name: Kelly Van Houten
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  • Phone: 910-762-2683 ext. 327
  • Address: 1102 S. 16th St. Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Volunteer Opportunities Available:

    Blood Services: Greeter and Canteen volunteers play vital roles and are the initial contact to donors at our blood centers and bloodmobiles. Volunteers will assist in welcoming donors for check-in and also provide snacks and drinks in the post-donor area called the “canteen”. Disaster Services: Each year, the American Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters, both natural and man-made. As you watch disaster relief efforts unfold, you may wonder how the Red Cross recruits and trains volunteers. The Red Cross offers disaster training to equip volunteers with the proper skills and knowledge to prepare them for when disaster strikes in their local community and across the country. You can become a member of our Disaster Action Team and provide assistance to clients who have been affected by a house fire or train to become a member of a shelter team who open and operate local shelters in times of disaster. Once you have completed your disaster training and are feeling comfortable with what our mission and our principles, you may want to help teach disaster classes, volunteer in the office, or go out into the community to tell our story to other organizations. Volunteering for Disaster Services has something for everyone. Service to Armed Forces: Help to coordinate Military Community events and attending local meetings. Volunteer at the local VA clinic. Give presentations to Military Recruits, Active Duty, and Reserve military personnel and their families explaining Red Cross services and how to access them. Preparedness, Health, and Safety Services: Train to become a CPR and First Aid instructor. Teach those in our communities life-saving skills. Youth Services: Youth volunteers may assist in the office after school or during school breaks. For those over 14 years they can assist on blood drives with adult supervision. For those over 16 years, the can assist in Disaster Services with training and supervision. Some opportunities available to them are: office support, projects (cleaning out cabinets, helping with shelter kits, scheduling volunteers for training and events). Office Support: This volunteer opportunity may exist in any department, to assist with providing general office support. Duties include: data entry, phone calling, assisting the general public and other administrative duties. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All administrative projects are located at the Red Cross Office. To complete an application to become a volunteer, follow the link below:

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Mission Statement: 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. The Cape Fear Chapter: The Cape Fear Chapter was founded on November 10, 1908 as the Wilmington Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 10, 2008 and is the oldest established non-profit organization in the greater Wilmington area. The Cape Fear Chapter currently serves Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties. In accordance with the organization’s mission, the Cape Fear Chapter provides vital programs and services, many of which are unduplicated, to area residents including: • Emergency communications for military members and their families • Support for area blood drives, donor recruitment and education efforts • Dissemination of disaster prevention and preparedness information • Immediate relief to local victims of disaster that is focused on meeting their emergency needs • Lifesaving safety training courses in CPR, first aid, water and workplace safety • International tracing services that reconnect loved ones with family members separated by conflict throughout the world Each of these programs and services reflect the chapter’s commitment to support the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross and to strengthen the community through localized initiatives