New Year’s is the time for resolutions

Resolve to become a Red Cross volunteer in 2022

The American Red Cross Northwest Region needs your help in 2022 and asks that you consider making a meaningful personal goal to become a volunteer. Resolve to Volunteer! Locally, 1,800 people volunteer with the Red Cross. These local volunteers are part of the almost 300,000 people across the country whose support enables the Red Cross to respond to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year. They help train more than 4.6 million people in Red Cross lifesaving skills; help provide nearly 550,000 services to military members, veterans, and their families; and to reconnect almost 9,000 families separated by war or disaster around the world.

In addition, as many as 2.5 million volunteer donors give blood and platelets every year. “Our Red Cross volunteers support their community and neighbors in need each and every day,” said Alex Dieffenbach, Northwest Region CEO. “In the last year, Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1,500 households affected by home fires and other disasters throughout the Northwest Region. Our volunteers also helped provide more than 12,000 services to members of the military, veterans, and their families.

Here are a few positions we really need help filling:

• Disaster Action Team (DAT) Responder: Serve on a Disaster Action Team as a worker (in-training) on a DAT response to provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by a home fire or other local disaster.

• Disaster Recovery Caseworker: Provide Follow up and Recovery Planning Services, including referrals, for individuals and households following regional events - primarily home fires.

• Blood Donor Ambassador: This position supports the Regional Biomedical Services department. This opportunity requires participation in in-person activities and/or performing work in a Red Cross facility. Provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience. Engage with blood donors to promote blood donation and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations. Assist donors with re-hydrating after donation and observe for post-donation reactions. Express gratitude and ensure each blood donor is sincerely thanked for their donation.

Training is free, but the hope you provide is priceless. Resolve to make a difference by turning tragedy into hope in 2022. Visit redcross.org/ volunteertoday to get started today. COVID-19 AND STAYING SAFE need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as the Red Cross navigates the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The safety of everyone is our top priority and our guidelines reflect the latest CDC safety recommendations. COVID19 vaccination is required for in-person volunteer roles beginning January 3, 2022. When considering volunteer opportunities, review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @ RedCross.

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