Thursday, March 22, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities Available to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

by Stan Frank

#EndHomeFiresThis Spring, the American Red Cross will initiate the most ambitious national Home Fire Campaign ever held, Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.. Between April 28 and May 13, 2018, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install, free of charge, more than 100,000 smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods throughout the country.

In addition to alarm installation, Red Cross volunteers will join with local fire departments and other partners to replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide families with fire prevention and safety education. Working smoke alarms in a home are known to cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

In the Greater New York Region, Joe Spaccarelli, Program Director, and his Home Fire Preparedness Team including Ailid Ramos, are organizing volunteer recruitment for high risk neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Mount Vernon, and on Long Island.

There are so many ways to get involved. From going door to door to canvassing neighborhoods to serving as a logistics volunteer to working with our information management team, there is a position available for whatever interests you.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available with the Sound the Alarm campaign:

  • Volunteer Canvasser: Canvas neighborhoods to obtain requests for the installation of free smoke alarms
  • Volunteer Smoke Alarm Installer: Install smoke alarms and replace batteries as needed in homes and apartments
  • Volunteer Safety Educator: Deliver fire prevention information in high-risk neighborhoods and assist residents in completing home fire escape plans
  • Volunteer Documenter: Document resident information and the services provided
  • Volunteer Driver: Serve as a driver and transport volunteer teams to installation sites
  • Volunteer Operations: Operations volunteers will lead operational planning for installation event days.  Typical roles include Job Director, AD Ops, and Site Director.  Volunteers will be given mentoring and guidance in fulfilling these leadership positions.
  • Volunteer Logistics: Maintain program inventory; pick, pack and transport equipment, supplies and team members to installation sites
  • Volunteer Mass Care: Obtain and serve meals at events; setup and cleanup before and after events; coordinate with Logistics and monitor the inventory of mass care supplies and equipment, as needed
  • Volunteer Information Management: Using our web-based online system, keep track of the progress of our installation teams during events
  • Volunteer Call Center: Retrieve voicemails and resident requests for education and installation of smoke alarms; call residents to confirm or reschedule fire appointments
  • Volunteer Data Entry: Using Excel, enter data into online forms; ensure that clients receive timely installation appointments; track, analyze and report data accurately
  • Volunteer Mapping/Planning Appointments: Using online Geographic Information System (GIS), help plan the routes and map the confirmed appointments that field teams use to navigate through the five boroughs
  • Volunteer Training: Provide on-site training for Home Fire Educators, Documenters and/or Installers
  • Volunteer Staffing: Using phone calls and emails in the days leading up to events, ensure each event is staffed with an adequate number of volunteers

Join us this fall to Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. and help #EndHomeFires. 

New Volunteers: Visit to sign up today!
Existing Volunteers: Sign up on Volunteer Connection!

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