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Lisa Clark, ADON of Washington Center, has been recruited by the Red Cross to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Heroes are not born, they are made. And Lisa Clark is our Hero

- August 30, 2017

As featured in WTEN and MyChamplainValley.com

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Volunteers from all across the Country, including from upstate New York, are heading south to help the victims of the widespread devastation wrought by Harvey.

Due to the demand for volunteers, the Red Cross is holding several “boot camp” training sessions for anyone interested and willing to travel south and lend a hand.

On Wednesday morning, more than 100 people registered for the second session of the week in the area.

The turnout far exceeded expectations and forced a last-minute location change to the Glens Falls Civic Center to accommodate the crowd.

Volunteers from all walks of life made their way to Glens Falls by the dozens, from recent graduates to retirees, army veterans, and nurses.

Husband and wife Lisa and Charlie Clark tell me they also lucked out with accommodating employers allowing them to make the trip.

“Centers Health Care has been amazing,” said Lisa Clark. “They were like absolutely, go. We will pay your salary for two weeks. Please, go help.”

Lisa Clark is a registered nurse and the Assistant Director of Nursing at Washington Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Her husband Charlie is a firefighter and they both have skills to offer in an emergency situation.

“We both have things to offer that can help people in any situation, but especially this one, as far as rescue and health,” said Lisa Clark. “But I don’t care if it’s setting up shelters and handing out food though.”

While the Red Cross says health care and mental health professionals are certainly in high demand in Houston right now, Maureen McGuirl, an instructor of disaster relief services, says volunteers make up 97% of the Red Cross disaster workforce. A volunteer in any capacity is helpful.

“Whatever your background, you can help,” said McGuirl.

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