Red Cross Volunteers Help St. Louis Achieve National Ranking

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They’re the ones on the front lines providing help and hope during a disaster, supporting our military families and making sure their neighbors are always prepared.

A new national report ranks St. Louis among the top 10 metropolitan areas for the percentage of residents who volunteer. The findings are a true depiction of the Red Cross in St. Louis, which relies mostly on volunteers to provide services in our communities.

The report from the Corporation for National & Community Service and National Conference on Citizenship lists St. Louis at No. 8 among major cities for the percentage of residents who volunteered in 2012. It found that nearly 32 percent of St. Louis residents volunteer – or more than 730,000.

In the Greater St. Louis area, nearly 2,000 Red Cross volunteers keep the non-profit operating every day. Nationally volunteers make up about 95 percent of the Red Cross workforce. Volunteers support all of our lines of service, from disaster relief to Services to the Armed Forces to local blood drives.

“Our volunteers power our mission,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “They’re the ones on the front lines providing help and hope during a disaster, supporting our military families and making sure their neighbors are always prepared.”

The national report also found that nearly 58 percent of St. Louis residents donate to charity – good news for an organization that relies solely on donations in order to operate.

“What many people don’t realize is that the Red Cross does not receive government funding,” Erickson said. “That’s why the help we receive from local communities is so important – it gives us the resources we need to help our neighbors when they may be facing their darkest hour.”

The CNCS reports that more than 1,600 AmeriCorps members are meeting local needs, strengthening communities, and increasing civic engagement through national service in Missouri. In the St. Louis region, five AmeriCorps members support Red Cross operations in both community preparedness and disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.