Red Cross honoring volunteers for National Volunteer Week
MADISON, Wis. (April 8, 2014) — During National Volunteer Week from April 6-13, the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region is celebrating Red Cross volunteers and the work that they do to help save lives in Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Red Cross boasts nearly 400,000 volunteers nationwide, representing more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. There’s an average of 14 Red Cross volunteers for every one Red Cross employee. The 2013 value of volunteer time is $22.55 per hour, according to the Independent Sector – evidence of the value volunteers hold for nonprofits like the Red Cross.
“Our volunteers enable us to fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we’re thankful for their service,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the Badger-Hawkeye Region.
In Iowa, in the last fiscal year, the Red Cross mobilized 1,559 volunteers to assist 632 families after disasters; collect 50,499 pints of blood; train 48,065 people in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, water safety and care giving; teach disaster preparedness to 15,765 people; and provide support to 1,245 service members. In Wisconsin, in the last fiscal year, the Red Cross mobilized 2,843 volunteers to assist 3,426 families after disasters; collect 142,172 pints of blood; train 94,671 people in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, water safety and care giving; teach disaster preparedness to 37,517 people; and provide support to 2,702 service members.
The Red Cross invites the public to join its cause, seeking diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Visit redcross.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area and to submit a volunteer application. Those interested in hosting a Red Cross blood drive or scheduling an appointment to donate blood with the Red Cross should visit redcrossblood.org.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.