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Red Cross Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Red Cross Celebrates National Volunteer Week
“Our volunteers make it possible for us to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.” - Paul Schulz, CEO, Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.

The American Red Cross is grateful to its worldwide team of volunteers. Volunteers are vital to the work of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region and in communities across the country, making up 94 percent of the organization’s workforce – people who come out for catastrophes as great as Superstorm Sandy and as small as a local apartment fire.

Red Cross Volunteer Week is April 21-27is the perfect time for Los Angeles to celebrate its dedicated volunteers and partners.

“Our volunteers make it possible for us to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” says Paul Schulz, CEO of the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.

In just the last six months Red Cross volunteers and staff brought food, shelter, comfort and hope to over a thousand local victims of fires and disasters and helped them start rebuilding their lives. Red Cross instructors trained about 50,000 residents in preparedness, CPR, first aid and water safety.

Right now the Red Cross needs people who are conversant in languages that can help serve the diversity of the community.

Now, volunteering for the Red Cross is easier than ever thanks to a new system called Volunteer Connection. This online system is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests 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—

  • Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills
  • Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict
  • Support blood drives across the country
  • Help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas
  • Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in lifting up others, they are also lifting up themselves. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer.

    About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.