National Volunteer Week is coming to an end but hopefully we’ve made good use of this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to our volunteers.
This week the American Red Cross celebrated its hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country. More than 90 percent of the work of the Red Cross is done by volunteers. They staff blood drives, respond to house fires in the middle of the night, deploy to national disasters, train their neighbors in lifesaving skills and connect military families in time of emergencies. Whether on the frontlines or working behind the scenes, our volunteers’ bright smiles and benevolent spirits turn compassion into action.
On Sunday we celebrated the work of our Franklin County volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. Held this year at Big Walnut Park, participants enjoyed good food, fellowship and fun activities for the whole family. After all, we need to thank their families as well as the volunteers themselves – they’re the ones who “lend” us their loved ones to help with our mission.
We also produced a special volunteer appreciation video to express our thanks to those devoting their time to the Red Cross every day.
If you’d like to say thank you to the volunteers of the Red Cross, go to the Red Cross Facebook page and post a thank you message to our volunteers. We want them to know how much we appreciate their work to make our communities better and safer places to be. A simple thank you matters.
Of course, we are constantly recruiting new volunteers to aid us in the lifesaving work that we do. The Red Cross relies on the generosity of our volunteers to fulfill our mission. There are a variety of ways people can get involved and we are looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Go to http://www.redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up to join us. Every day volunteers tell us their lives are changed in the process.