Lack of volunteers hamper Luling Red Cross
Humanitarian group looking for workers
The American Red Cross office in Luling is understaffed and lacks volunteers, which has forced the agency to change their hours of operation.
Coming off of a month-long marketing campaign, the group is looking to boost awareness and volunteer recruitment in the area, says Matthew Eaton, spokesperson for the chapter.
“Technically, the American Red Cross office in Luling is open, however it’s not operating at regularly scheduled business hours because of lack of manpower,” he said.
Traditionally, the Maryland Drive center has been staffed by one full-time member who divides time between both the Luling and Thibodaux offices, with the assistance of several volunteers.
“We are currently in the process of hiring a new full-time staff member, which will allow the office to resume normal hours,” Eaton said. “The person who previously held that position resigned to take a job with FEMA.”
In an effort to recruit volunteers, the chapter will set up a booth at the Wal-Mart in Boutte on Saturday, April 4.
“Until a full-time position can be filled, volunteers will be scheduled to be in the office more frequently,” Eaton said. “It is our desire to fill the position a quickly as possible.”
Parish residents will benefit from a fully-operational Luling office during times of exceptional need, such as when natural disasters or house fires strike.
Since 1987, local staff and volunteers have provided immediate assistance to people by giving them food, clothes, temporary lodging and rental assistance, bedding and linens, medication and medical device replacement, and mental health care.
“There is a Disaster Action Team that works out of the office and regularly responds to home fires and other disasters as they occur,” Eaton said. “In addition, the American Red Cross offers an array of classes that are available to the public, and recruiting volunteers will tremendously improve these services.”
In 2008, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter responded to 679 disasters, provided financial assistance to 789 families, helped 3,301 individuals, trained 40,105 people in health and safety issues, and taught 22,500 people about disaster prevention and preparedness.
“Volunteers and donations allow us to continue helping those in need each and every year,” said Eaton.
To volunteer, donate or receive current information about American Red Cross activities, call 1-800-229-8191 or visit www.arcno.org.
A St. John the Baptist Parish deputy was arrested in St. Charles Parish Wednesday...
Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio didn’t hold back his enthusiasm after his...
Surreal was the word both Hahnville freshman gymnast Kamryn Ryan and coach Courtney...
The odds said Zachary Hitt would never have the opportunity to attend his high...
Joshua Magee of Hahnville and his new best friend Yellow the dog have both required...
When Blake Schouest was 12 years, his aunt brought him to the lab at MD Anderson...
Craig's Barber Shop has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We do men, women, and children's haircuts. Come in and enjoy that unique barber shop experience! Walk in and relax a while with Craig, Cheryl, and Angel!
DHS’ Richard leads talented group of locals at state meet - 535 views
Destrehan’s Jala Richard finished second in the girls triple jump and in the long jump to pace local competitors at the Class 5A state track and field championship meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium last weekend, while fellow Wildcat Kristian Mosley took a second place finish in the boys 200 meters.