Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. And the organization is looking for additional volunteers in Leavenworth County.

Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. And the organization is looking for additional volunteers in Leavenworth County.

“We truly couldn’t do what we do without volunteers,” said Carina Kagan, a volunteer recruiter for the American Red Cross.

Local residents will have an opportunity to learn about volunteering opportunities when the American Red Cross hosts a public meeting this weekend.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St.

Kagan believes many people want to volunteer in their community, “and they may or may not know if the Red Cross needs them.”

She said Saturday’s meeting will provide people the opportunity to find out what the American Red Cross has to offer and where they may fit in as volunteers.

“There’s a lot of volunteer opportunities for a lot of different things,” said Mary Spickelmier, a local volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Helen Hartjen, another local volunteer, said she does not think many people in Leavenworth know what the American Red Cross does.

Volunteer opportunities include serving as a “blood ambassador” to assist with blood drives or as a member of a disaster action team that responds to local disasters, according to a flier that has been prepared for Saturday’s event.

Other volunteering opportunities include presenting a Pillowcase Project preparedness program to children as well as services provided to veterans and members of the armed forces.

People also can volunteer to help with setting up shelters during disasters. Volunteers also can help install free smoke detectors.

People who are interested in volunteering but cannot make it to Saturday’s meeting can learn more by visiting the American Red Cross website, www.redcross.org

Kagan said people also can reach out to her. She can be reached at 314-356-5726 or carina.kagan2@redcross.org

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