SANTA ANA, CA — It’s National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross Serving Orange County is honoring the hundreds of local volunteers who help the organization assist people in need.
There are over 1,700 trained Red Cross volunteers in Orange County. In 2014 alone, these volunteers responded to over 130 local emergencies, assisted 11,799 military members, veterans and their families, and trained over 52,040 people in lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR.
“Volunteers are an essential part of our team,” said Janet Whitcomb, interim regional chief executive officer. “In fact, they make up 98 percent of the Red Cross workforce here in our region. Every day, their efforts help save lives. They work tirelessly to bring hope to people in their darkest hours. We are so grateful for their support and we recognize their extraordinary service during National Volunteer Week.”
Nationally, more than 340,000 volunteers serve the organization, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at Veteran’s Hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills, responding to house fires in the middle of the night and so much more. Volunteers enable the Red Cross to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year.
The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of its lifesaving work and sign-up to volunteer and donate blood. Visit redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and submit an application. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths in the area. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety.
People who might want to volunteer during a disaster should download the Team Red Cross app. This free app allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
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 www.redcross.org/oc or visit us on Twitter at @OCRedCross.