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:
- Respond to an average of more than 62,000 disasters across the country.
- Train more than 6.2 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
- Provide more than 422,000 services to military members, veterans and their families.
- Collect more than 4.7 million blood donations and more than 900,000 platelet donations from nearly 2.7 million volunteer donors.
- Help reconnect more than 8,000 families separated by war, disaster or migration around the world.
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.