Louisiana Red Cross Celebrates Volunteers

Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, which makes up 94% of our workforce, said Kay W. Wilkins South Louisiana Region CEO

This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the South Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, which makes up 94% of our workforce,” said Kay W. Wilkins South Louisiana Region CEO. “We send our sincere thanks to all our volunteers who have donated their time, talent and energy to help others!”

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Louisiana and in communities across the country, as on average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. They help the Red Cross provide assistance to victims of disasters and emergencies, training to individuals in CPR and first aid, and provide vital emergency communications to the Armed Forces in times of need. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers—

• Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills

• Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict

• Support blood drives across the country

• Help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas

Now, volunteering for the Red Cross is easier than ever thanks to a new system called Volunteer Connection. This online system is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization.

People interested in volunteering can go to www.redcross.org/support/volunteer to search and apply for opportunities in their community. The Volunteer Connection System was made possible thanks to a generous grant from W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.