This National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12, the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is celebrating its volunteers, and the work they do in the community to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
More than 600 volunteers serve the Southern Nevada community in all capacities – from entry level to supervisory positions. The local Red Cross workforce is made up of 97% volunteers.
“Our volunteers respond to house fires, teach lifesaving skills, support our military members in the community and much more,” said Scott Emerson, CEO of the Southern Nevada Chapter. “They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service.”
Last year, Southern Nevada Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1,195 people who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained more than 11,000 people in lifesaving skills and provided more than 700 services to military members, veterans and their families. Last year alone, Southern Nevada Red Cross volunteers served 51,148 hours at an equivalency of $1,132,417 in value.
The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does. The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. People can go to redcross.org/southernnevada to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. Those interested in hosting a blood drive or scheduling an appointment to give blood can visit redcrossblood.org.
People who might want to volunteer when a disaster strikes this community should download the Team Red Cross app. Through the free app, people can sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.