The Red Cross of Eastern New Mexico is looking for volunteer disaster responders, fundraisers, event planners, general office help and instructors to teach CPR, first aid and disaster response.
"There are no special skills required," said Aline Carr, community relations manager for American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico. "We're looking for people who are willing to learn and can commit some time to volunteer work."
Carr said the organization, which operates entirely on private donations, was hit hard by the economic crisis of the past few years, and is seeking to rebuild its volunteer base in Curry and Roosevelt counties.
Carr said volunteers must be over 18 and able to commit at least one hour a week to volunteer work.
"Time commitment is up to the volunteer," Carr said. "Some people volunteer up to 20 hours per week. It depends on their interest and availability."
How to apply
• Volunteers must fill out an application, are subject to reference checks and must interview. Carr said volunteer disaster responders are subject to a background check.
• Applications may be printed from www.redcross newmexico.org and submitted to the Red Cross mail box in the Matt 25 Hope Center on 1200 North Thornton St. in Clovis.
• Applications may also be obtained through e-mail by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For questions or interviews contact Aline Carr at 575-622-4370 between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Red Cross facts
• Instructors teach first aid and CPR to 12 million people annually.
• Was sarted May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton, who, with no nursing experience, served as a volunteer nurse on the battlefield during the Civil War.
• Has more than 1 million volunteers who constitute more than 95 percent of its workforce, and is the largest volunteer organization in America.
• Volunteers respond to nearly 70,000 disasters yearly, most of them home or apartment fires.