Red Cross Engages Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

by Catherine Carlton, American Red Cross, Volunteer Contributor

While National Volunteer Week began in 1974, the Red Cross has celebrated its volunteers since its inception in 1881. National Volunteer Week, a celebration of service led by Points of Light, is a week dedicated to shining light on people and causes that inspire us to serve.


To participate in National Volunteer Week, you can volunteer, host a volunteer event or help celebrate and recognize volunteers. Learn more at

The Red Cross has volunteer opportunities throughout the year – ongoing or during disasters – for people of varying skills and time commitments. Many Red Cross volunteers:

  • Take a Leadership Role
  • Support the Red Cross Blood Team
  • Help During a Crisis
  • Educate Others
  • Serve Our Armed Forces
  • Assist with Fundraising Efforts
  • Offer Health Care
  • Communicate with the Public
  • Provide Office and Warehouse Support
  • Engage in Our Efforts Internationally

25% of Red Cross volunteers are age 24 or younger. Being young is no barrier to being able to help people in need, in your community and around the world. Log on to to get involved at any age.

Want to get started now?!? The Red Cross has multiple opportunities for you to be involved in Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. This national campaign is aimed at decreasing the number of home fire deaths and injuries through fire safety education and smoke alarm installations.

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In the DFW Metroplex we are hosting more than a dozen events where you can help make home safer. NO prior experience required, NO advanced training required, YES lives could be saved! Learn more and register to attend an event near you at!

Together we can help #EndHomeFires!

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