April 17-23 is National Volunteer Week. There is no better time to show appreciation for the more than 2,000 volunteers who make it possible for your local American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter to serve 10 of the 15 counties in Arizona.
Volunteers are very special -- people who give because they want to, expecting nothing in return. They are your neighbors, your coworkers, members of your congregation, parents of your child's playmate. Their willing hearts are a treasure and an inspiration.
Volunteers at the Grand Canyon Chapter have had a busy year. Within the first half of the year, these Red Crossers have responded to more than 332 local disasters -- or one disaster every 13 hours -- and provided shelter, food, counseling and other services to our neighbors in need. Red Cross volunteers have trained more than 20,000 people in the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities-skills such as first aid, CPR, babysitting, caregiving, emergency preparedness, and more.
Volunteers have supported local blood drives during which generous donors gave a precious gift-the gift of life. And Red Cross volunteers have helped an average of six families of U.S. service members separated by military duty stay connected every day.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Every service we provide is dependent upon their selfless dedication. This National Volunteer Week, become a Red Cross volunteer. You'll join a group of satisfied, involved friends.
Right now, your local Grand Canyon Chapter needs disaster volunteers and lifesaving skills instructors. To volunteer or to learn about other volunteer opportunities, call (800) 842-7349 or visit www.arizonaredcross.org and click on "Get Involved." Together, we can save a life.
Lynda Papaioanu, Volunteer, American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter