National Volunteer Week continues through April 12, and the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho is actively seeking new volunteers, particularly in small communities like Soda Springs, Mountain Home and McCall.
About 300 volunteers serve with the Greater Idaho Chapter. Nationally, the Red Cross has nearly 400,000 volunteers, which represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce.
Last year, Greater Idaho Chapter volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 343 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained 15,590 people in lifesaving skills and provided 1,160 services to military members, veterans and their families. They also helped collect 60,413 pints of blood in the Lewis and Clark Region Idaho Service Area. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day from volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. People can go to RedCross.org/Idaho to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. Those interested in hosting a blood drive or scheduling an appointment to give blood can visit RedCrossBlood.org.
Sign up online at: http://www.redcross.org/id/boise/volunteer
People who might want to volunteer when a disaster strikes this community should also download the free Team Red Cross app. The app will help people sign up to volunteer, get an overview on basic tasks, and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
Find the Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.