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Volunteers lift up the entire community

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

As Red Cross volunteers from around the country flock to Midwest, and to our local communities, to assist with the flood relief efforts, we look for words strong enough to express our gratitude.

This is National Volunteer Week, and our office is bustling with activity as volunteers and staff work together to meet the needs of families who have been impacted by flooding. Each volunteer has a story and a connection to the mission of the Red Cross that renews my own passion for this organization. 

Each year, Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort, and hope to local families and individuals faced with rebuilding after disasters, such as home fires and flooding. 

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, baby-sitting, and other lifesaving courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn those vital skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.

Volunteers support blood drives that help save lives every day. And they provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications that link service members to their loved ones during an emergency.

If you want to give back to your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. To volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/quadcities. 

Note to readers – Amber Wood is the executive director of the Lincoln Land Branch of the American Red Cross.

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