What would you do if you were told to evacuate your home, gather your pets and livestock and seek shelter? Would you know where to go? Another fire season is fast approaching and many of us are not ready. Are you prepared to ask, “How can I help?” when it happens?
There are many emergency situations that could happen here in Plumas County that would require everyone to pitch in, roll up their sleeves, and volunteer some time in order to maintain everyone’s safety and take care of immediate needs. Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not have those volunteers trained and ready, but we can if you get involved now.
There is a free orientation and training for all new Red Cross volunteers and those who would like to get more information Friday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lake Almanor Community Church. Pre-register by calling Linda White at 259-3718.
Community Connections is a countywide time banking volunteer program that has been serving Plumas County for the past five years. The group now has nearly 300 members and program sponsors who exchange valuable services with each other. Collectively, the membership offers more than 400 different services ranging from business services, home maintenance, pet care and yard care to offering interesting workshops and “how-to” instruction on a variety of topics.
This month, the Chester/Lake Almanor and Quincy branches of the American Red Cross collaborated in creating the Plumas County Red Cross and became program sponsors of Community Connections. Now anyone who volunteers time for any Red Cross activity or event can earn valuable time credits if he or she is a member of Community Connections.
This reciprocal relationship not only allows existing members to support Red Cross, but hopefully will encourage people in every community to join a team of trained and ready volunteers in the event of an emergency.
The Chester/Lake Almanor area Red Cross invites anyone who is interested in learning more to attend one of its informational meetings, held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Almanor Christian Church or to contact Spence Van Wie at 394-7180. To learn more about getting involved in the Quincy area, contact Larry Trotter at 283-9162.
Community Connections members have provided more than 10,000 hours of service in Plumas County in the past year. It is because people are getting involved, learning what skills they have that are needed by others, and giving an hour of their time when they can that this community-building service works.
Everyone is valuable and has something to share with others. So whether it’s a full-blown community emergency or just people helping each other with day-to-day living, everyone can pitch in and keep Plumas County a safe and desirable place to live. To learn more about Plumas Rural Service’s Community Connections program, visit www.plumasruralservices.org/ or call the program coordinator, Leslie Wall, at 283-3611, ext. *818.