PIEDMONT TRIAD, April 22, 2013 — This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the Heart of Carolina Region is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
Last year, Red Cross volunteers throughout our Heart of Carolina Region brought food, shelter, comfort and hope to nearly 600 local families faced with rebuilding after fires and floods. We also trained nearly 20,000 people in lifesaving skills through Red Cross courses; provided 3,445 services to military members, veterans and families, including emergency communications; and collected more than 101,000 pints of blood from tens of thousands of volunteer blood donors at the hundreds of community blood drives held throughout our region.
Additionally, our Rockingham County chapter provides much needed food and necessities to 500+ families a month through its food pantry. Together, we turn compassion into action with the support of more than 1,600 volunteers and through the generosity of our community.
Right now, Red Cross volunteers across the country are helping those in need in the aftermath of the plant explosion in West, Texas; flooding in the Midwest and with a family assistance center in Boston. For the latest details on how we're helping, please visit: http://newsroom.redcross.org/
Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross throughout our Heart of Carolina Region 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.
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 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 contact your local chapter at http://www.redcross.org/nc/greensboro/locations
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.