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Youth and Young Adults are Invited to Become Red Cross Volunteers
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November 30, 2009

This month the American Red Cross celebrated National Youth Involvement Month. November is a time to recognize the contributions of more than 100,000 young Red Cross volunteers. 

Tampa Red Cross youth volunteers enjoy lunch with Mayor Pam Iorio.
Tampa Red Cross youth volunteers enjoy lunch with Mayor Pam Iorio.
Photo credit: Tampa Red Cross

Young volunteers work in shelters during disasters. They teach lifesaving skills such as first aid and preparedness.

At the Red Cross, youth and young adults raise money to support the global fight against measles and malaria; donate blood; organizing events to make life a little easier for military families; and more.

Join the Red Cross

If you like to help people, the Red Cross is the place to be. That’s what more than 100,000 young volunteers will tell you.

Become a volunteer at a Red Cross chapter or Blood Service region. Or join one of the hundreds of Red Cross school clubs across the nation that have been organized at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges.

If you need to complete student service requirements at your school, the Red Cross is a great place to volunteer.

To find out what’s going on in your community, contact your local Red Cross.

Red Cross Youth Have a Rich Tradition of Service

Red Cross records trace youth involvement to 1884, when six children put on a play raising $50 to aid victims of severe flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Young volunteers have been supporting the organization’s humanitarian mission ever since.

President Woodrow Wilson formalized Red Cross youth volunteerism in 1917 when he issued a presidential proclamation for a Junior Red Cross. President Wilson asked, "Is not this perhaps the chance for which you have been looking to give your time and efforts in some measure to meet our national needs?”

More than 90 years later, President Obama issued a similar appeal, encouraging all Americans to support the “noble humanitarian mission” of the Red Cross.

See for yourself what youth volunteers have achieved. Look at an exhibit highlighting youth and young adult service. (The exhibit was designed to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of the Junior Red Cross in 2007.)

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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