The American Red Cross is offering “Heroes Needed” virtual training for western Kentucky volunteers. All training is free. Training sessions will be available Oct. 14-15, from 5-8 p.m., Oct. 17, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Oct. 19-20, from 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Through the training, participants will receive basic skills to become a disaster responder and have the chance to interact with Red Cross staff and other volunteers to learn more about Red Cross. To register or learn more, contact Stacy Taylor-Bernard at stacy.taylorbernard2@redcross.org or (502) 612-9202.

In the midst of an extremely active wildfire and hurricane season, currently as many as 3,000 American Red Cross volunteers are helping thousands of people affected across the country. The Red Cross depends on dedicated volunteers to help support people impacted by emergencies and with current disasters and the complexities of COVID-19, more help is needed at this time. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more about the Red Cross’ most needed volunteer positions.

Some of the positions needed most at this time are Shelter Help — Volunteers are needed to staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection adn other vital tasks. Both associate and supervisory level opportunities are available; Health Services Support — If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unemcumbered license, your support is needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks; Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students; Virtual Positions are also needed. If you can’t leave your home, there are still opportunities to volunteer.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or on Twitter at @RedCross.