Here’s to all volunteers!

A Red Cross volunteer surveys the damage caused by a four-alarm fire on Prospect Place.
Photo courtesy of the Red Cross

“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region is celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the people who make the American Red Cross run.

Here in Brooklyn, volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to nearly 5,000 residents each year faced with rebuilding after a fire, flood, building collapse or other local disaster.

Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting, and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and they organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.

If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. Right now the Greater New York Region especially needs people to help provide relief and comfort to their neighbors after local disasters. To learn more about ways to volunteer and how to sign up, visit www.nyredcross.org/volunteers.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross Greater New York Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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.nyredcross.org or join our blog at changinglivesstorybook.blogspot.com/.

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