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Our Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of the American Red Cross

Hurricane Harvey Response

It’s National Volunteer Week – a time for those of us here at the American Red Cross to celebrate and recognize the hundreds of thousands of volunteers without whom we could not achieve our mission of helping people in need.

Our volunteers are the true heart and soul of the Red Cross. With endless compassion and dedication, Red Cross volunteers give of themselves as they respond to disasters both in their community and around the country. They help members of the military and our veterans. They teach lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR. They give blood, serve on our leadership boards and do so much more. Volunteers make up 93% of our workforce and allow the Red Cross to be prepared and capable of helping people – whenever and wherever we are needed.

National Volunteer Week is a special time to acknowledge the invaluable work our volunteers do for the Red Cross. But we appreciate their remarkable commitment and support every day. They are true heroes who give their time to help their neighbors and communities.

During National Volunteer Week, we salute our Red Cross volunteers, celebrate their accomplishments and recognize each and every one of them for their lifesaving work.

Thank You!

Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.