RED CROSS HONORS PAST WHILE RECRUITING FOR THE FUTURE
Volunteer push comes as region experiences 20% increase in response rate
March is American Red Cross month, serving as an opportunity to honor the organization’s past as well as the promise of a strong future. With those goals in mind, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross will participate in three public events over the weekend. Each provides a glimpse at our illustrious history and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a large and vital corps of volunteers.
The need for a strong volunteer corps has never been clearer. As compared to this time last year, the Red Cross response rate in our region is up 20%. Additionally, local volunteers are deploying to large, national responses by the Red Cross, such as that mounted in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, in numbers not seen since Hurricane Katrina. As more than 90% of Red Cross workers are volunteers, it is crucial that we build and support this group of compassionate and dedicated individuals.
Burlington Region – Look for the Red Cross at these two locations:
1.University Mall, South Burlington, 11am – 1pm: Buddy the Blood Drop will join other area mascots such as Champ, Monty the Moose, and Stormy for a march through the mall to coincide with the U-Mall’s Easter egg hunt, scheduled from 11am – 1pm. Additionally, Red Crossers will staff a table where we will display a few historic Red Cross garments and share information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer.
2.Burlington Town Center Mall, ongoing: With the generous support of the Burlington Town Center Mall, for the entire month of March, a window display appears in a storefront on the mall’s lower level, giving a great look into Red Cross history through historic clothing and photos. A kiosk on the upper level is stocked with info on becoming a volunteer.
VT/NH Upper Valley Region
1.35th Annual HomeLife Expo, Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House, all weekend: Red Cross history, current activities of the organization, and our volunteer recruitment efforts, will all be part of a large display at this well attended annual event in the Upper Valley.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/vt or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.