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Archive for Monday, May 27, 2002

American Red Cross seeks volunteers

May 27, 2002

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Contact Person: Jasmin Lutz, 843-3550

American Red Cross of Douglas County needs numerous volunteers in several areas.

Jasmin Lutz, health and safety program coordinator, said the organization needed volunteers for marketing and outreach, CPR and First Aid instruction and to help in the event of natural disasters.

American Red Cross needs about 25 to 30 volunteers to work on marketing and outreach. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Volunteers will meet at the organization and learn about its numerous programs, then distribute information at local businesses and other areas in the community.

Currently, American Red Cross only has five volunteer instructors, Lutz said. They have had up to 20 instructors in the past, and Lutz said they are looking to increase their numbers. Volunteers must have previously taken a CPR or First Aid course in the past three years. Sixteen hours of training are required. Instructors are asked to teach five four-hour courses throughout the year. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old.

Disaster volunteers are also needed. Volunteers also go through 16 hours of training. They attend a meeting once a month and are on call one day a month.

To sign up for training, call Lutz.

Immediate needs:

Headquarters Counseling Center is in need of counselors and will be conducting a training session for new volunteers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday or 5 p.m. Sunday in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. Headquarters Counseling Center provides 24-hour crisis counseling and many other programs.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division is looking for volunteers to assist in the design and coordination of various event activities, to be facility representatives at swim meets and to be activity leaders at special events. To obtain a volunteer program application, call 832-SWIM, or stop by the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.

Van Go Mobile Arts still needs volunteers to help with summer projects. Call Katie Steinbacher, 842-3797.

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