Red Cross praises workforce during National Volunteer Week

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We are extremely grateful for the time and energy spent by the volunteers and could not be more impressed by their dedicated service.

This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the American Red Cross Northeastern New York 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.

Each year, Northeastern New York Red Cross volunteers bring food, water, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 640 local families faced with rebuilding after fires, floods and severe weather.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Northeastern New York Region and in communities across the country. On average the American Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been washed away in a flood or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill.

“The American Red Cross depends on our volunteers, about 96% of our work effort is generated by them,” said Sheelah Aulet, Volunteer & Youth Associate for American Red Cross Northeastern New York. “We are extremely grateful for the time and energy spent by the volunteers and could not be more impressed by their dedicated service.”

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross 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.

American 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.

The Red Cross is also encouraging people who have been thinking about volunteering to take the plunge. People wanting to make a difference should contact the Northeastern New York Region to learn about getting involved. Right now, the Red Cross especially needs people who are interested in the following positions: Emergency & Disaster Service: Local and National Disaster Relief; Health & Safety: CPR/First Aid Instructors; Blood Service: Blood Drive Staffing and Administrative Support: Chapter Receptionists.

Today, 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 volunteer, contact the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region at http://www.redcross.org/neny-volunteer or (518) 458-8111.