Volunteer Week is April 21-27, the perfect time for the New River Valley Chapter to celebrate its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
“During this week, we take the opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers and recognize their selfless gifts of time,” says Annie Harvey, Executive Director of the New River Valley Chapter. “Our volunteers are always ready to step in and help people who are faced with crisis. We’re also seeking new volunteers ready to make a difference in their community, and invite them to join the Red Cross.”
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills; respond to disasters, like home fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or wildfires; support blood drives; and help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas.
Red Cross especially needs people who are willing to respond to disasters. Each year, Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 20 local families faced with rebuilding after disasters. Volunteers are needed to assist families with immediate needs after a disaster and help guide them on their road to recovery.
Volunteers are vital to the work of the Red Cross in the community as well as communities across the country, making up 94 percent of the Red Cross workforce.
Now, volunteering for the Red Cross is easier than ever thanks to a new system called Volunteer Connection. This online system is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization.
People interested in volunteering can go to www.redcross.org/va/radford/volunteer to search and apply for opportunities in their community, or call the chapter at 540-639-2140.