It’s National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross honors our hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help the organization achieve its mission of helping people in need.
More than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers. Last year, more than 300,000 individuals volunteered their time to support the mission of the Red Cross. These heroes help
staff blood drives, volunteer at veterans’ hospitals, teach people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, respond to large disasters and tens of thousands of home fires and so much more.
Volunteers enable the Red Cross to respond to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year. They help train more than 4.5 million people in Red Cross lifesaving skills; help provide more than 513,000 services to military members, veterans and their families; and to reconnect more than11,000 families separated by war or disaster around the world. In addition, as many as 2.6 million volunteer donors give blood every year.
Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer to help families in need. Visit redcross.org/VolunteerToday to learn more, including about our most-needed volunteer positions:
STAYING SAFE DURING PANDEMIC Everyone’s safety is our top priority, and we are working with public health officials to help keep our communities and volunteers safe during COVID-19. When considering volunteer opportunities, review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance.
You can also sign up to become a volunteer blood or platelet donor. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, people can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Support all the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross.
Find a drive and schedule a blood donation appointment today.
Take a class and be ready to respond if an emergency strikes.