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Red Cross Honors Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region

April 2, 2014

Take action and encourage others to make a difference and volunteer. Individuals and organizations can seize the moment and share in honoring America’s volunteers this spring.

This year marks 40 years for National Volunteer Week, so let’s celebrate! National Volunteer week is reserved for April 6-12. This year’s theme “Celebrate Service,” captures the essence of what this week is all about: inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities

President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974 as a way to celebrate and recognize the efforts of volunteers. Forty years later, it continues to grow in scope through the support of subsequent U.S. presidents and other elected officials.

Across the organization, the Red Cross has an average of 14 volunteers for every one employee. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14 per hour, further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross.

Donating blood and volunteering at blood drives are only two of the many volunteer opportunities that the Red Cross offers. We have volunteer opportunities in disaster relief, teaching first aid and CPR classes, and many other areas.

As always, the easiest way to volunteer is to roll up your sleeve and donate blood. It takes little more than an hour of your time every 56 days. It’s only through the dedication of voluntary donors that the Red Cross can make sure that the blood is there when someone needs it. Find a blood drive in your area and schedule your donation appointment easily.

The Red Cross invited the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does. The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application at Those interested in hosting a blood drive or scheduling an appointment to give blood can visit