Based on the information they receive, they’ll begin to look at where volunteers might fit in the Red Cross.
While some might be more fitted for office work, with duties such as answering phones and preparing training materials, others will become part of the field operations services.
Diano said he usually has new volunteers do ride-alongs for three to five incident responses before narrowing their training focus to an area such as family case worker and beginning that education.
He said volunteers average 30 to 50 hours of training classes and on-the-job training.
Volunteers recieve the same training locally as other volunteers do across the nation, which can allow them to become eligible for national deployment, Diano said, adding that a couple of local volunteers recently returned from helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery.
Volunteers are asked to commit to being available, but it’s not an on-call type of situation where they need to stay at home. Instead, they want to know if something comes up, how soon can they help, according to Diano.
“We’re really asking them to be flexible in how they are available to us,” Diano said.
Many Red Cross volunteers say the experience is rewarding to them, Diano said.
They would also like to work with interested students at Weatherford College who are looking for volunteering activities or even college credit, Diano said.
More information can be found on RedCross.org or by contacting the volunteer services group based out of the Red Cross Fort Worth office.
Diano also encouraged interested area residents to attend the monthly meetings in Weatherford, held the third Monday of the month between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at their office at 1740 Bethel Road.