You may not realize it, but the Red Cross says about 96% of the agency's work is done by volunteers.
And the organization is looking for people to help out in the Orangeburg County area as the Red Cross expands its presence there.
Spokesman for the Central Carolina Chapter, Stephen Hudson, says the public is invited to meet with Red Cross representatives on Thursday and there's a special incentive for those interested in volunteering.
“One way that we wanted to reintroduce ourselves to the community there in Orangeburg...meet our neighbors...and also incentivize people to come out, meet us, sign up to volunteer to work with the Red Cross...we're going to give away weather radios to the first 50 adults,” Hudson says.
He says volunteers can help with everything from clerical work a few hours a week to disaster relief.
Red Cross volunteers have been able to help more than 4,400 individuals and 1,400 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto State this year.
Thursday's get-acquainted session will be at the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce on Riverside Drive from noon to 1 p.m.
For more information, check online at www.redcross.org.