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Red Cross launches volunteer app

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The American Red Cross launched another free app on July 18.

The Team Red Cross App, the seventh in the series of Red Cross apps, allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community.

"When people see an emergency happening in their community, they often want to help but may not know how," said Amy Canterbury, Regional CEO. "The Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community."

Users simply download the app and create an account. From there, they can learn about different jobs, like working in a warehouse, handing out supplies or assisting with feeding.

When the Red Cross needs volunteers, the app will notify users based on their location and allow them to instantly accept or decline the volunteer opportunity.

The Red Cross is encouraging people to download the app before a disaster strikes in the Tri-State area so volunteers can help immediately.

The app is designed for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets.

Additional features include:

-A quick orientation right on the mobile device.

-Ability for people to share notifications for volunteers with their social network.

-Earn digital "badges" by completing a job test, accepting a job, sharing the app, recruiting volunteers, etc. The "badges" can then be shared with their social network.

-Allows people to donate money to the Red Cross and sign up to donate blood.

-Offers emergency response information that people can share with their friends at the touch of a button.

The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

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