It’s National Volunteer Week – a time for the American Red Cross to honor the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help the organization assist people in need.
Nearly 314,000 volunteers serve the organization, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at veterans’ hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, responding to home fires in the middle of the night and so much more.
Volunteers enable the Red Cross to respond to an average of nearly 64,000 disasters every year. They help train more than 5.9 million people in Red Cross lifesaving skills; help provide more than 369,000 services to military members, veterans and their families; and to reconnect more than 5,000 families separated by war or disaster around the world. In addition, as many as 2.8 million volunteer donors give blood every year.
The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does and to sign up to volunteer and donate blood. People can go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, people should visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also download the Red Cross Blood Donor App to schedule and manage their donation appointments. To download the app, text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 or search “American Red Cross.”
The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers volunteers the opportunity to help us reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths by 25 percent over the next several years. In communities across the country, volunteers are going door-to-door with local partners to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. Since the Home Fire Campaign started, it has been credited with saving at least 215 lives. Volunteers have already installed more than 702,000 smoke alarms in more than 9,100 cities and towns across the United States.