Local disaster volunteers needed

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than 95% of the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army is made up of volunteers, without them, the two organizations would not be able to function.

For years, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army for services. Thanks to helpful and caring individuals, Mississippi is receiving the support necessary after Hurricane Isaac.

Though help from young and old, talented and dedicated individuals is always needed.

Public Relations for the Salvation Army, Katie Tate says, "The Salvation Army really counts on our volunteers and really counts on our donors. That's how we do our operating budget and that's how we serve the people here in the Hattiesburg area."

According to the American Red Cross, there are more than 1.2 million people that volunteer nationwide and the ratio of Red Cross volunteers to paid staff is 36 to 1. One in every 200 Americans is a Red Cross volunteer.

"The American Red Cross is continuing our efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and we are very much a volunteered-driven organization and we'd love to have new volunteers join our team," says Hattiesburg Branch Coordinator Chase Munro.

If you would like to volunteer for the Salvation Army, you can call the Hattiesburg office at 601-544-3684. You can also visit them HERE.

If you would like to help the American Red Cross, you can call them at 601-582-8151. You can also stop by their local office at 606 Hutchinson Ave, Hattiesburg, MS or you can visit them HERE.