(01/13/2021)

A Top New Year’s Resolution: Volunteer to Help Your Neighbor

As the New Year brings the tradition of resolutions, consider helping people in need as a volunteer in this area.

During the coronavirus pandemic, families continue to depend on Red Cross volunteers every day for emergency support, including supporting families impacted by devastating home fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other emergencies.

“Just knowing that someone is there to lend a helping hand during these trying times provides a light of hope for our neighbors,” said Sharon Kesselring, Executive Director, American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley. “Please join us by resolving to help as a Red Cross volunteer and ensure no one faces life’s emergencies alone.”

HOW TO HELP - The need for volunteers is constant, and everyone’s well-being is our top priority as we work with public health officials to safely deliver services during COVID-19. Visit   redcross.org/volunteertoday   to learn more, including our most-needed positions:

• Blood donor ambassadors: Blood donations are essential to the health of our communities, and blood donor ambassadors are a vital part of this work by welcoming visitors and taking their temperatures before entering Red Cross facilities and blood drives. Blood drive volunteers help support the blood donors and ensure they have a pleasant and fulfilling experience, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave.

• Disaster response volunteers: Most of the U.S. disasters that the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes are local home fires, which can destroy nearly everything a family owns in a matter of minutes. Partnering with local fire departments, Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers connect with families by video or phone call to provide emotional support, emergency financial assistance and information to help families begin to recover.

• Volunteer from home (virtual positions): Help from the comfort of your own home through a wide range of virtual opportunities, including volunteer screeners who help match new volunteers with the needs of the organization and connecting volunteers with positions for which they are both interested and well suited.


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