National Volunteer Week

A FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer practices his CPR technique in a Red Cross training class., Photo Credit: Mark Wolfe / FEMA,
A FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer practices his CPR technique in a Red Cross training class., Photo Credit: Mark Wolfe / FEMA,

TOPEKA, April 22, 2013 — Volunteer Week is April 21-27, the perfect time for the Kansas Capital Area Chapter to celebrate its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“Our volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross,” said Debra Tucker, Regional Volunteer Coordinator, “and National Volunteer week is a time for us to thank them for their service; we couldn’t do it without them.”

Each year, Kansas Capital Area Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after home fires and tornadoes.

Volunteers are vital to the work of the Red Cross in northeast Kansas and in communities across the country, making up 94 percent of the Red Cross workforce. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross.

Now, volunteering for the Red Cross is easier than ever thanks to a new system called Volunteer Connection. This online system is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization.

People interested in volunteering can go to www.redcross.org/support/volunteer to search and apply for opportunities in their community. The Volunteer Connection System was made possible thanks to a generous grant from W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Red Cross volunteers—
• Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills
• Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict
• Support blood drives across the country
• Help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas

Right now the Kansas Capital Area Chapter especially needs people who can assist on Disaster Action Teams, be a part-time Receptionist in our Topeka office, an office assistant in our Disaster Department, assist with Health & Safety training, and/or coordinate new projects.

Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in lifting up others, they are also lifting up themselves. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer or contact the Kansas Capital Area Chapter at www.redcross.org/kansascapital.

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