PITTSBURGH – This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the Western Pennsylvania Region is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers are the driving force of the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
“The volunteers are truly the heart and soul of this organization,” said Rex Rossey, Volunteer Manager of the American Red Cross in Western PA. “We wouldn’t be able to carry out the Red Cross mission in local communities throughout the area without the dedication and support of our volunteers.”
Each year, local Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after fires, floods and tornadoes.
Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania and in communities across the country, as on average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross.
Red Cross volunteers—
Now, volunteering for the Red Cross is easier than ever thanks to a new online system called Volunteer Connection which matches the skills and interests of volunteers to needs across the organization.
People interested in volunteering can go to www.redcross.org/support/volunteer to search and apply for opportunities in their community. The Volunteer Connection System was made possible thanks to a generous grant from W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer or find your local Red Cross at RedCross.org.
About the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region:
The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of Western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.