Local Volunteers Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

Nine Duluth Red Cross Volunteers are on Their Way to Texas or Already There

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers from across the country are heading to Texas to help communities recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and that includes volunteers from right here in the Northland.

The American Red Cross in Duluth has nine volunteers either on their way to Texas or already there to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.

Local officials are spending today calling more potential volunteers asking if they’re available to complete a two week deployment in Texas. Some could choose to stay longer as relief efforts along the Gulf Coast are expected to take months.

“That’s what they sign up for,” says Tony Guerra, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross in Duluth. “They go, work hard, come back tired but they’re very fulfilled and they come back with experience that we might need up here in the Northland sometime.”

Diane Dunder has gone on more than thirty deployments with the Red Cross. She’s not going to Texas, but she can tell local volunteers what to expect.

A big part of the job is usually setting up shelters and kitchens across the affected areas.

“They always tell us you need to be flexible,” says Dunder. “One of the things that I always add to that is you need to have a really good sense of humor because you’re going to see things that you’ve never dreamed of. The disaster itself, the destruction is unbelievable.”

The American Red Cross is always looking for more volunteers to help with Hurricane Harvey and more relief efforts in the future. If you want to donate to the American Red Cross, click here. To learn how you can be trained as a volunteer, click here.

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