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As an advisor or leader of an Army volunteer organization, what are some of the organizations in my community that I should be familiar with?

To start with, you should be knowledgeable about the resources in both your military and civilian community that have or may have an impact on your group. For example, if you are a leader of a Girl Scout Troop, you may want to develop a relationship with the local schools or other youth organizations in which you may recruit members. You should also be familiar with agencies that may be able to assist you with some of your activities such as the American Red Cross (e.g., for babysitting or first aid classes or demonstrations) or private organizations (e.g., women’s groups) for whom you may volunteer or request donations for some of the scouting events. As a Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader or advisor, it is important to be aware of emergency services, social work service organizations, public health facilities, legal services, etc. Keep current on issues and events that impact the group whether they are in the military community, civilian community, or part of the host nation in which you are stationed. The Army Community Service’s Information and Referral office is a great place to check for information on military and local community resources.

What kind of services does the American Red Cross offer?

The American Red Cross provides various services in emergency situations such as disaster relief, health and safety services, blood services, volunteer opportunities, first aid classes, communication services following the death or serious illness of a family member, the birth of a child or in other family emergencies, etc.

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