FAIRFIELD, NJ -  The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey 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.

“This is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, young retirees and civic-minded individuals from all walks of life to make a deep impact in the lives of blind children around the world,” said Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

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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 of Northern New Jersey located at 209 Fairfield Road in Fairfield beginning Tuesday, September 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  For more information or to register for the training, contact Debra Falanga at (973) 797-3359 or debra.falanga@redcross.org.

Please visit redcross.org/NorthJerseyRegion 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.

                                       

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 494 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,441 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter@RedCrossNorthNJ.