The American Red Cross is seeking new volunteers to join their ranks across the state of Rhode Island for 2019. The New Year brings with it new opportunities and the Red Cross has hundreds of volunteer opportunities available to those who make a resolution to volunteer this year.
The vital work of the Red Cross is made possible by people in Rhode Island who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skills to the Red Cross mission. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing support to a service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things at the Red Cross.
“January is the time for New Year’s resolutions,” said Stefanie Arcangelo, Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “If you are considering making volunteering part of your life in 2019, the Red Cross would love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed for all types of roles. You can volunteer remotely, from a location that is convenient for you, in one of our offices, or out in the community helping those in need. We truly have something for everyone.”
Volunteers make up 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. By mobilizing the power of volunteers, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to affected individuals and helping them begin their road to recovery.
The Red Cross also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world, collects 40 percent of the nation’s blood, trains people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills and makes communities safer through disaster preparedness measures.
Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available right now including roles helping people after they have experienced a home fire, supporting our active duty military and their families, supporting our special events team or business operations, in fact, you can even volunteer to help recruit volunteers. To learn more or to fill out a volunteer application, visit redcross.org/volunteer.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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/ri or visit us on Twitter at @RIRedCross.