ST. LOUIS — During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is celebrating its 2,100 dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers allow the organization to accomplish the mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the local workforce. In the St. Louis area, approximately 1,200 volunteers coordinate 2,500 blood drives.
“Our volunteers respond to house fires and natural disasters, support blood drives and our military families, teach classes that save lives and so much more,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “We are so grateful for their service and dedication. Without them, we could not fulfill our lifesaving mission.”
Throughout the organization, American Red Cross volunteers:
- Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills
- Respond to disasters and provide immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter
- 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
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.