Red Cross Schedules Presentation On Shelter Volunteer Program

SCOTCH PLAINS – On Monday, Jan. 18, the Tri-County Red Cross will be participating in the Scotch Plains Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the Scotch Plains Jewish Community Center at 1391 Martine Avenue.

The organization will host a 30 minute presentation on the Red Cross Emergency Shelter Program. Individuals 14 and older are invited to attend this overview seminar at 12:30 p.m. to learn more about the Red Cross’s free shelter training program to increase the number of qualified volunteers who can support an emergency shelter in our area, in the event of a disaster or flood.


The full training is only nine hours — done over three nights or a weekend — and is free to participants. There is no cost to this seminar, and all disaster training and assistance from the American Red Cross is free. Registration for this event is on the Scotch Plains Patch web site at

The Tri-County Red Cross will also be collecting new small tubes of toothpaste, old cell phones, and used ink cartridges.  Anyone can stop by the community center on Jan. 18 and bring new (unopened and not expired) travel size tubes of toothpaste to donate to the Red Cross disaster comfort kits.

The organization is also seeking used printer and toner cartridges as well as old cell phones.  Collection of these items helps the Tri-County Red Cross allocate more funds to disaster victims and support active military who are serving our country overseas.  Drop-off boxes will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18.

For additional information regarding these two programs, contact Director of Emergency Services Michael Prasad at 1-908-756-6414 or

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