In response to a high number of local residents looking to volunteer for Hurricane Katrina relief, the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct special training classes later this month.Locals with time to spare are encouraged to volunteer. A generous donation to the Red Cross is another way to help this valuable work. As time goes on and the recovery effort gets finished, think about sending your cash toward Habitat for Humanity, which has pledged to rebuild homes in areas affected by Katrina. These are good causes to give to in the best of times, and these are not the best of times.
An introduction to disaster training course is set for next Wednesday, Sept. 7. The course on mass care is planned for Sept. 12. Both classes run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court.
Volunteers must make a three-week commitment and have CPR and first-aid certification.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Housing is a MoveOn.org sponsored project to connect refugees from the South with homes where they can stay. It'll be months before New Orleans is habitable again, and efforts like these are what will make that as quick as possible. Give generously of your time, home and wallet.