Tuesday, April 11, 2017

American Red Cross Honors Volunteers during National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month and the American Red Cross Tennessee Region is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.

Nearly 314,000 volunteers serve the organization, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at veterans’ hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, responding to home fires in the middle of the night and so much more. Here in the Tennessee Region, more than 4,600 volunteers help the community.

“We want to take this time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their service,” said Joel Sullivan, Tennessee Region CEO. “They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service.”

Last year, Tennessee Region Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 2,785 local families who faced emergency situations. They trained 71,851 people in lifesaving skills and provided 13,523 services to military members, veterans and their families.

The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does and to sign up to volunteer. People can go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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