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Make a Difference for a Blind Child, Become a Red Cross Braille Transcriber

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FAIRFIELD, NJ – The American Red Cross New Jersey Region Jane Bente Braille Center is currently seeking volunteer Braille transcribers and is offering a free training course this September.

The Jane Bente Braille Center, established after World War I to help soldiers blinded by mustard gas, is one of the largest volunteer run Braille production centers. Each year, Red Cross volunteers create more than 1,300,000 pages of academic materials and more than 3,000 textbooks in Braille. These are distributed throughout the United States and foreign countries to help empower visually impaired children to study in mainstream schools instead of in specialized environments.

“Becoming a volunteer Braille transcriber is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, retirees and others interested in making an impact on the lives of blind children here in New Jersey and across the country,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

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The Red Cross 20-week training course involves a two-hour class and twelve hours of homework weekly. There is no charge for the training and all materials and equipment are supplied by the Red Cross. After completing the course, participants prepare a trial manuscript for submission to the Library of Congress for certification. Upon certification, volunteers can transcribe textbooks at home.

The training course will be offered at the Red Cross, located at 209 Fairfield Road in Fairfield beginning Tuesday, September 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register for the training, contact Barbara Pietruszewski at (973) 797-3337 or Barbara.Pietruszewski@redcross.org.  Please visit redcross.org/NJ for more information about the Jane Bente Braille Center and other Red Cross programs and services.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ or visit us on Twitter at @NJRedCross.

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