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Become a Red Cross volunteer - virtual volunteer information session offered on Tues., April 18
SOUTHERN CALIF., [APRIL 17, 2023] — It’s National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross Southern California Region is recognizing the work of selfless individuals who generously give their valuable time to support people in need across SoCal.
Last year, volunteers with the Red Cross Southern California Region responded to over 950 local disasters and provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to over 4,200 people affected by disasters, including home fires, wildfires and more. Volunteers helped train over 106,000 people in lifesaving skills and helped provide over 21,000 services to military members, veterans and their families.
“National Volunteer Week is the time to honor our local community heroes for their gift of time, commitment, constant service, and support,” says Debbie Pari, Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the American Red Cross Southern California Region, serving Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial Counties. “Whether it’s a wildfire or a home fire, the need for blood, or a call from a service member, veteran or military family, our Red Cross volunteers are there, providing help and hope when it's needed most. They are the true heart of the Red Cross.”
Across the country, more than 275,000 Red Cross volunteers serve their communities by responding to thousands of disasters of all sizes; supporting the collection of blood to help patients receive the critical care they need; supporting members of the military and their families; helping communities prepare for emergencies around the globe and much more.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers are more critical than ever as the climate crisis worsens and the need for shelter, hot meals, health services, emotional support grows. The Red Cross is now launching nearly twice as many relief operations for major disasters than we did a decade ago, and with hurricane and wildfire seasons on the horizon, there is a a critical need to fill vital volunteer positions. All skill levels are needed, and all training is free, provided by the Red Cross. Bilingual and multi-lingual volunteers are also urgently needed.
- Disaster Action Team Member: As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you can be a source of refuge and support when it’s needed most. From home fires to storms, unexpected emergencies happen every day, but you can help as a Red Cross Disaster Action Team member responding to disasters in your area.
- Shelter Services: Support the day-to-day activities within an emergency shelter by helping with reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information or other areas within a shelter. Free online training will be provided.
- Disaster Health Services: These valuable volunteers use their professional skills as licensed healthcare providers to deliver hands-on care to people in shelters. There is also a need for Mental Health Services volunteers.
Visit redcross.org/volunteer to get started today. Training is free, but the hope you can provide as a Red Cross volunteer to people in need is priceless.
The Red Cross is also offering a virtual volunteer information session on Tuesday, April 18 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. PT, where people interested in volunteering can learn more about most-needed volunteer positions and talk with a Red Cross representative. Click here to learn more and register, or visit redcross.org/volunteer.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to become a volunteer blood or platelet donor. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, people can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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