Students from Bay Path College in Longmeadow gave their time to the American Red Cross of Pioneer Valley in Springfield on MLK day for a day of volunteering and education. With Molly Crowser, AmeriCorps Vista volunteer at Bay Path College promoting civic engagement, five students gave their time to volunteer on the holiday. They came together in hopes of increasing their civic engagement and knowledge of how the American Red Cross and its volunteers impact the community.
Students were introduced to a number of service areas at the Red Cross: Preparedness Education, Disaster Relief, International Services, Blood/Biomedical Collection and Service to Armed Forces.
Students also got the chance to partake in a brief hands-only CPR training. The training is something everyone should have. “It’s nice to have that little bit of knowledge because it can truly save someone last-minute if you’re in that situation,” said Kayla Chuba, Early Education Major at Bay Path College.
With their new knowledge of Red Cross background, the students spent the remainder of their day helping the Development Department with various tasks and jobs. Volunteer work is crucial to the success of the American Red Cross, as it is an organization that depends heavily on the generosity and support of its volunteers.
Join us! Go to RedCross.Org/Massachusetts volunteer to learn how to sign up as an adult or youth volunteer.