National Volunteer Week – Red Cross Offers Big Thank You to Our Volunteers

It’s the end of National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross of Central California continues to honor our volunteers who bring to life our mission to help people in need. Red Cross volunteers give hope to families impacted by disasters, assist the military and their families, support blood drives, provide training and much more for our communities.

More than 90% of the work of the Red Cross is performed by volunteers. We are so grateful for the time volunteers dedicate to the mission. Our volunteers prove that all heroes don’t wear capes, sometimes they wear Red Cross vests!

Thank you to Central California Region Red Cross volunteers, Isabel, Jose, Jeremy, and Marjorie, for contributing to this video and Fresno State Marketing students, Julian, Sehar, Iris and Nathan, for putting this video together. Happy National Volunteer Week!

As we end Volunteer Appreciation Week we want to thank each and every one of our AMAZING volunteers for their hard work, compassion, and continuing to deliver our mission to those that need it most. 

Last year, more than 300,000 individuals volunteered their time to support the mission of the Red Cross. These heroes help staff blood drives, volunteer at veterans’ hospitals, teach people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, respond to large disasters and tens of thousands of home fires and so much more.

Volunteers enable the Red Cross to respond to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year. They help train more than 4.5 million people in Red Cross lifesaving skills; help provide more than 513,000 services to military members, veterans and their families; and to reconnect more than 11,000 families separated by war or disaster around the world. In addition, as many as 2.6 million volunteer donors give blood every year.

Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer to help families in need. Visit to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. Join us and help change the world!

You can also sign up to become a volunteer blood or platelet donor. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, people can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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