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April 19, 2012

News and Tribune letters: April 19, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Get in the spirit of volunteer week

“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the Buffalo Trace and Clark County Red Cross offices are celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the people who make the American Red Cross run.

Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to families in times of disaster, such as home fires, floods and last month’s tornadoes. Since the evening of March 2, when the tornadoes swept through Indiana and Kentucky, the Red Cross has assisted more than 2,500 families and individuals, serving more than 82,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 71,000 bulk recovery items such as tarps, shovels, racks and comfort kits, in addition to providing mental health assistance as families are recovering from the loss of a loved one or the loss of their home. All of these efforts could not be possible without the support of our trained volunteers.

Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, baby-sitting, and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.

If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. To volunteer, contact the Buffalo Trace office (serving Floyd, Harrison and Crawford Counties) at 812-951-2288 or the Clark County Red Cross (serving Clark and Washington Counties at 812-283-8416.)

— Mary Kagin-Kramer, chair, board of directors, Clark County Chapter; Julie Naville, chair, advisory board, Buffalo Trace Service Center; Phyllis Wilkins, Clark County Chapter (serving Clark and Washington counties); and Karen Cook, director, Buffalo Trace Service Center (serving Floyd, Harrison and Crawford counties).

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