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Red Cross Honors New Jersey Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

PRINCETON, NJ, April 8, 2016 – National Volunteer Week is April 10-17 and the American Red Cross New Jersey 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 New Jersey, more than 5,800 volunteers help the community.

“Red Cross volunteers are out in communities in New Jersey and across the country helping fulfill our lifesaving mission,” said Michelle Esposito, chief volunteer services officer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “During Volunteer Week we thank our kind and compassionate volunteers for their service.”

Last year, New Jersey Region Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1,820 families affected by local disasters, including home fires and greeted generous blood donors at drives which collected 88,439 units of blood. They helped train 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics and provided 3,920 services to military members, veterans and their families.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install free smoke alarms and educate people about home fire safety. Since the launch of Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014, Red Cross volunteers and community partners have installed more than 10,400 free smoke alarms across New Jersey.

The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does by becoming volunteer. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to find a local volunteer orientation, visit redcross.org/NJ.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey:

The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.

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Contacts:

American Red Cross New Jersey Region

Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)

diane.concannon@redcross.org

Laura Steinmetz, 609-221-5348 (cell)

Laura.Steinmetz@redcross.org

Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)

erica.viviani@redcross.org