AmeriCorps members swelling volunteer ranks for Red Cross

September 11, 2017

The Red Cross is tapping a new source of volunteers in eastern Iowa to aid in the national recovery efforts in Florida, Georgia and Texas. About 30 members of Vinton-based AmeriCorps teams go through orientation at the Cedar Rapids Red Cross office. A total of 91 team members in all will be "loaned" to the Red Cross to go to disaster relief efforts in Florida, Georgia and Texas. Ninety one members of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program based in Vinton have been “loaned” to the Red Cross for duty in shelters in those three southern states. Members of those AmeriCorps teams put their other work on hold to go to orientation on Monday and a likely departure on Tuesday. Team members filled out paperwork and got final instructions on deploying at the Red Cross office in Cedar Rapids.

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