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American Red Cross Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Sacramento, CA. Friday, March 25, 2016 — National Volunteer Week is April 10-17 and the American Red Cross Gold Country Region is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.

Nearly 330,000 volunteers serve the organization, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at veterans hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, responding to home fires in the middle of the night, and so much more. Here in the Gold Country Region, 2,700 volunteers help the community. 

“We want to take this time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their service,” said Gary Strong, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service.”

In fiscal year 2014/2015, the Gold Country Region, supported by our 2,700 dedicated volunteers:

• Responded to the Butte Fire, considered one of the top ten most destructive wildfires in California history. The fire burned 70,868 acres and claimed the life of two individuals. It destroyed 475 homes and 343 outbuildings. With the power of volunteers and outpouring of monetary support from our community, we were able to provide shelter, food, and clothing, in addition to mental health services to those affected as well as ongoing recovery support.

• Responded to 589 local disasters.

• Provided 739 families with financial assistance after local disasters.

• Supported 1,132 military service members through the Service to the Armed Forces Program.

• Trained 43,250 individuals in preparedness through First Aid, CPR, and water safety classes.

The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does and to sign up to volunteer and donate blood. People can go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, people should visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. 

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths locally. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. Since the Home Fire Campaign started, it has been credited with saving a number of lives. Volunteers have already installed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in more than 4,100 cities and towns across the United States.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.