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Red Cross is reaching out for volunteers for Martin Luther King Day

By ThisIsReno

RED CROSS NEWS RELEASE

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with its partners to plan what we hope is a successful fire prevention campaign. We are asking for your help.

Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help put together promotional materials, prepare canvasser packets and assist with marketing the event. Also, volunteers are needed the day of the event to coordinate canvass teams, canvass neighborhoods and assist with event wrap-up.

The American Red Cross- Martin Luther King Day of Service Fire Prevention Canvassing project is a four-year preparedness program with HOPE Worldwide. American Red Cross has a goal of reaching 381,000 households with fire prevention messages and door hangers.

The Program is now running in more than 60 Cities across the country, including the Northern Nevada cities of Elko, Winnemucca and Reno. iN 2012 the project will take place in Reno and Elko on Saturday, Jan. 14, and in Winnemucca on Monday, Jan. 16. It will include door-to-door canvassing with an emphasis on engaging residents in fire preparedness conversations.

The goal of the program is to educate households in advance fire preparedness in communities by conducting outreach to diverse and underserved neighborhoods to reduce the level of fire incidences in vulnerable neighborhoods.

You can volunteer by calling your local American Red Cross office. Get involved in your community. Help your neighborhoods and tell them you care about their safety and welfare. The American Red Cross wants everyone in the country to be safe. Please join us and let us know how you want to help.

Please contact us at (775)856-1000 or stop by your Reno chapter office at 1190 Corporate Blvd., Reno.

The Northern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 670,000 people. Our chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with our main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information about becoming a volunteer, health and safety classes, or making a donation, please call 775-856-1000 or visit our website at www.nevada.redcross.org.

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