It’s National Volunteer Week, and the American Red Cross honors our hundreds of thousands of volunteers who make it possible to fulfill our lifesaving mission of helping people in need.
More than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers, who respond to home fires and other disasters, volunteer at veterans’ hospitals, staff blood drives, teach people lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR, reconnect loved ones separated by international conflict, and so much more.
Each year, these volunteer heroes—nearly 372,000 individuals—enable the Red Cross to:
BECOME A VOLUNTEER Learn more about volunteer opportunities by contacting your local Red Cross chapter or visiting redcross.org. To donate blood or platelets, eligible individuals can make an appointment by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
HELP SOUND THE ALARM TO #ENDHOMEFIRES This month, you can join a special volunteer opportunity to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise lifesaving funds during our national two-week push of Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events.
Visit SoundTheAlarm.org to find an event in your area. We encourage you to invite family and friends to join you for an event and donate to save lives.
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.
Your time and talent can make a real difference in people’s lives.
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.