The American Red Cross of West Michigan will offer several information sessions providing an orientation to the Red Cross and their Disaster Relief Operation for Hurricane Matthew.

The one-hour sessions are a great opportunity for the community to learn about how the Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers. Attendees will also learn how to become a volunteer and deploy with the Red Cross to respond to disasters.

West Michigan volunteers have deployed to assist with the massive Hurricane Matthew response spanning five states.

More than 3,000 volunteers from across the country are deployed to help with this massive disaster. 2,300 more volunteers are still needed from around the country to help in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.

Grand Rapids sessions:

  • ARC Office, 1050 Fuller Avenue, NE
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 & Nov. 3 from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Holland sessions:

  • ARC Office, 270 James Street
  • Monday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

More information about the American Red Cross can be found by visiting