Red Cross Celebrates Volunteers

Red Cross Celebrates Volunteers
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization,” said Diane Dixon, American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Regional Director of Volunteer Services.

This National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio 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 heart and soul of our organization,” said Diane Dixon, American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Regional Director of Volunteer Services, “We couldn’t do what we do in times of disaster without them!”

Each year, our Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after floods, tornadoes, and fires.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Northwest Ohio and in communities across the country. On average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. 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, and other lifesaving skills
  • Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict
  • Support blood drives across the country
  • Help 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 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 redcross.org/support/volunteer.