You’ll find Red Cross volunteers at the main entrance to the park at Trumbull and Main Streets and outside the CTFastrak Guest Services Station inside the park. They’ve been working the 12-hour night shift at a community center in west Houston for about five days, helping to feed and provide shelter to residents displaced by the storm. Volunteers typically work a two-week shift before returning.
“It’s a very emotional time, and people want answers now, and they want help now”, she said, “and it takes a while for that to get going”. “You guys are part of really a big team spread across the country that helps people be prepared”, Malloy said as he greeted volunteers at their Farmington facility.
“We’re Americans, you know, I think that’s what it’s all about, really”.
Tauscheck says the Red Cross volunteers come from a variety of professions and circumstances. “NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Red Cross and Yard Goats because teamed together, we know we can help raise the funds to help those in need”.
“Finished 30 years of practice here in Spokane with Group Health and that was just before Katrina, so I had retired, was available”, said Kearney.
“The need is enormous”, Foster said.
At one point the Red Cross office in Meridian had more than 300 volunteers, but all were not active. “Material donations, no matter how generous, tend to clog up the supply chain”, Levine said. The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston have established relief funds. In a tweet, the Red Cross shared an explanation about how it spends donations for Harvey relief.
The Red Cross of Northeastern New York is holding boot camps to ready more volunteers for Harvey response.
Even if we can’t depend on our president to look out for us amidst a natural disaster, fortunately we can count on our allies.