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Students Invited to Join Hunterdon Red Cross Youth Council

SOMERVILLE, NJ, September 3, 2014 – The American Red Cross is hosting an informational meeting for Hunterdon County high school students interested in joining the newly-formed Hunterdon Red Cross Youth Council on Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton, NJ.

Youth and young adults are an important component of the Red Cross and make up over 20 percent of the Red Cross volunteer workforce. Youth and young adult volunteers can be actively involved in every line of Red Cross service delivery; they can lead Red Cross Clubs, teach community preparedness, donate blood and recruit other donors, raise funds in their local community, volunteer at veterans’ hospitals, and support international initiatives. Youth volunteers may also hold a leadership position on their chapter’s Board of Directors. Each of the North Jersey Region’s three boards have a seat designated for a youth volunteer member.

“Youth are the future of the Red Cross,” said Suzanne Anderson, volunteer manager and youth program coordinator, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “It is important to provide high school students with meaningful community service activities and leadership opportunities.”

Currently, there are 25 Red Cross clubs in the North Jersey Region and a minimum of five additional clubs are expected to be added this year. 

For more information, contact Suzanne Anderson at Suzanne.Anderson@redcross.org or 908-725-2217.

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.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 486 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,240 individuals with lifesaving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

Contacts:  
American Red Cross North Jersey Region
Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)
diane.concannon@redcross.org
Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)
erica.viviani@redcross.org 
@RedCrossNorthNJ