Volunteers for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region do great things every day, including helping communities prepare for emergencies, providing training in lifesaving skills, assisting people affected by disasters, connecting families, or simply lending a helping hand to members of the community. Our volunteers come from a variety of cultures and from all walks of life. Many want to help after a major disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Others lend their skills or professional expertise to benefit members of their local communities. National Capital Region volunteers help us create stronger, well-prepared communities.