LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross needs your help


Harvey, Irma, Maria. The Lodgepole Complex, Rice Ridge, Lolo Peak. The disasters are almost too numerous to mention, both here in Montana and across the country. That’s why the Montana Red Cross needs volunteers now more than ever.

If you have the drive and the passion, Red Cross can put your skills to use helping folks who need it most. No matter your background, interests or expertise, Red Cross probably has a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

Work from your home as a duty officer, communicating with responders from Baker to Eureka as they deliver services to a family who lost their home in a fire or a flood. Help in the field, opening a wildfire shelter in Roundup or driving an emergency response vehicle through the streets of Houston.

Provide care and comfort to an injured service member or become a blood donor ambassador, welcoming the public and making reminder calls.

Maybe social media is more your thing. By committing as little as two hours a month, you can help Red Cross share its message on Facebook or Twitter. Teach a class, install a smoke alarm, give a hug … if you can think of it, Red Cross gives you the opportunity to make a difference.

Volunteers carry out 90 percent of the Red Cross’ humanitarian work, helping to open 18 shelters across Montana and providing families 1,000 meals this wildfire season. Without them, this work would not get done.

If you want to learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer visit redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-272-6668.

The training is free, but the payoff priceless.


Abbra Firman

Red Cross Disaster Program Manager

Eastern Montana