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Bay Area sees increased need for emergency support during COVID-19
STOCKTON, Calif. Feb. 10, 2021 — As the New Year brings the tradition of resolutions, consider helping people in need as a volunteer in your community.
During the coronavirus pandemic, families continue to depend on the Red Cross every day for emergency support, including supplying blood products for patients in need of transfusions due to surgery, cancer treatments or trauma. The Red Cross also continues to collect plasma from individuals who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to help with treatment for the most seriously ill patients.
Just as blood donations are essential to the health of our communities, blood services volunteers are vital to our work at blood drives and donation centers.
“Just knowing that someone is there to lend a helping hand during these trying times provides a light of hope for our neighbors,” said Red Cross Heart of the Valley Chapter CEO, Christopher Losavio. “Please join us by resolving to help as a Red Cross volunteer and ensure no one faces life’s emergencies alone.”
HOW TO HELP The need for volunteers is constant, and everyone’s well-being is our top priority as we work with public health officials to safely deliver services during COVID-19. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more, including our most-needed positions:
Blood donor ambassadors: Blood donations are essential, and blood donor ambassadors play a vital role in this essential work by welcoming visitors and taking their temperatures before entering Red Cross facilities and blood drives. Visitors could include potential blood donors, people seeking help, training course participants, and Red Cross employees and volunteers.
We have open, high-priority blood donor ambassador positions available in the following counties:
- Merced: Monday to Friday, during daytime hours
- San Joaquin: Monday to Friday, during daytime hours
- Stanislaus: Monday to Friday, during daytime hours
Transportation specialists: We also have a high-priority need for transportation specialists in Stockton to help deliver blood from our facilities to local hospitals.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.