This year, National Volunteer Week is celebrated April 19-25 and is designated as a time to recognize all volunteers and the spirit of volunteerism.
American Red Cross volunteers help clients at the Financial Service center following Hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Christopher Gardner, American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is especially grateful for the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who contribute their time, blood and financial support; those who give with no expectation of being paid for their time. According to many volunteers, the reward for their work is the satisfaction of helping others, active involvement in the community and the friendships that form through volunteer work.
“I’m not wealthy, but I am richer because I volunteer,” comments one Red Crosser when expressing that volunteering has changed her life.
The theme of National Volunteer Week is "Celebrating People in Action," and that is just what Red Cross volunteers are – people in action. The actions of Red Cross volunteers provide relief to victims affected by domestic and international disasters; they help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies; they provide lifesaving blood to victims of disease, burns and injuries; they connect families separated by a call to duty; they teach lifesaving skills; and the American Red Cross celebrates the actions of our volunteers who enable us to fulfill our mission.
If you are not currently a volunteer for the American Red Cross, you are invited to join.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.