LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2022 — It’s National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region recognizes the nearly 8,000 Angelenos who selflessly give their time to help people in need. They make our humanitarian work possible. Without them we could not achieve our mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.
Volunteers are the true heart of the Red Cross. They respond to more than 60,000 disasters each year; support the collection of blood to help patients receive the critical care they need; aid members of the military, veterans and their families; help communities prepare for emergencies around the globe and much more.
“National Volunteer Week is time to honor all of our volunteers, who make up 90% of our workforce, for their constant service and support,” said Joanne Nowlin, CEO for the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “They are true heroes who generously give their time day and night to help their local community.”
For the past two years while we were all dealing with COVID-19, Red Cross LA volunteers were also answering the call to help those affected by wildfires, tornados, floods and an urgent need for blood. Red Cross volunteers were there each step of the way to provide relief and recovery, but also to prepare communities and partners for the future. In Los Angeles alone, dozens of volunteers deployed to all corners of the nation while still responding to more than 350 local home fires.