Red Cross hosting virtual ‘Zero to Hero’ training program in response to pandemic

Red Cross ‘Zero to Hero’ volunteer program

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The American Red Cross Indiana region is making it easier for Hoosiers to be part of their Disaster Action Team (DAT).

The organization is holding instructor-led virtual training for their “Zero to Hero” fast-track training program.

These training sessions are already available online, but this is the first time they will be instructor-led virtually through Zoom.

“We do already offer online training, but we know having an instructor is something people prefer, being able to interact and ask questions,” said Kristina Chapman who manages Disaster Workforce Engagement for the Indiana Region.

The two-day training is being held March 28-29 with seven different classes during the event.

Volunteers can sign up for both days or one day, and then complete training online without an instructor at a different time.

Chapman says she is seeing an uptick of nearly triple the amount of responses to this added training.

“We have had folks from around the country. One woman in California is taking our Indiana-led effort. Once you become a Red Cross volunteer, it’s a universal training,” Chapman added.

Because of the demand, Chapman says they will be hosting more virtual instructor-led training in the coming weeks. Interested volunteers should click here.