MS Red Cross Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 21-27

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This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the American Red Cross is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners with an appreciation event for active volunteers, Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m., at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Forestry Building, in Jackson.

“Volunteers power the Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Sandra Hodge, Mississippi Region CEO. “We want to thank our chapter volunteers for all they do in the 19 counties covered by the Mississippi Capital River Chapter.”

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 Mississippi Capital River Chapter to learn about getting involved.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Mississippi and in communities across the country. On average, the 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.

American Red Cross volunteers...

• teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills.

• respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict.

• help veterans, members of the military and their families in the United States and overseas.

Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/mississippi and apply online or call a local Red Cross Office.