It’s officially National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need. National Volunteer Week runs from April 12-18th.
Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They respond to fires, teach lifesaving skills like First Aid and CPR, volunteer at veterans hospitals, help staff blood drives and so much more.
“Volunteer Week is the perfect time to thank once again our incredible volunteers. We could not carry out the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross without these amazing men and women who give so much of themselves to help neighbors in need. Our community is stronger and better because of our wonderful volunteers,” said Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO, Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross. “We encourage everyone to take time this week to thank a Red Cross volunteer.”
Last year, the Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 834 local families who faced emergency situations. They trained 38,601 people in lifesaving skills and provided 1,845 services to military members, veterans and their families.
The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways people can get involved. Go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.
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 redcross.org or follow us on Twitter at @ARC_EasternPA.
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