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American Red Cross hosts virtual volunteer fair during pandemic

American Red Cross hosts virtual fairs for potential volunteers
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Oliver Forster

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The American Red Cross usually has volunteer trainings inside its Santa Barbara location, but the pandemic changed that.

Community members had a chance to learn about disaster response during a virtual volunteer fair on Monday.

"We have been working to find creative ways to tell the Red Cross story and invite people to join our lifesaving mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering. Virtual Volunteer Fairs are just one of the ways we work to achieve this. At these fairs we talk about who we are, what we do, and how you can join our organization, " said the American Red Cross Senior Volunteer Recruitment Specialist Jennifer Samaritan.

Samaritan is looking for volunteers to serve the Central California Region.

Despite the pandemic, the American Red Cross has sheltered a record number of people in the face of fires and other disasters this past year.

During the event, potential volunteers learned the American Red Cross is the second responder to all kinds of disasters.

Volunteers can joins disaster action teams, disaster mass care teams, or disaster health services.

Disaster Action Team members respond to local home fires and help people with their immediate needs. During the virtual volunteer fair, they heard what this is like from volunteers with experience.

Disaster Mass Care Team members are volunteers who help people who are evacuating.

Disaster Health Services is made up of volunteers who are already licensed health care professionals.

"From small home fires to multi-state natural disasters Red Cross volunteers go where they are needed most so people can have access to clean water, safe shelter and a hot meal when they are needed most.," said Samaritan.

For more information on volunteering and upcoming virtual volunteer fairs, visit

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