Red Cross searching for able and willing volunteers

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) National Volunteer Week began Monday, and the Red Cross is urging those who love to help others to volunteer.

During National Volunteer Week, April 15 to April 21, the Red Cross is celebrating the volunteers and partners that make their work possible.

They are also encouraging more good-hearted individuals to join them as they work to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

American Red Cross volunteers are trained to perform the following tasks:

  • Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills.
  • Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict.
  • Save lives by giving blood, or by sponsoring or volunteering at blood drives.
  • Help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas.

"Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in our local community and in communities across the country," said Nanci Conley, executive director, Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross. "On average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been destroyed by a fire or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill."

If you're interested in volunteering, contact your local Red Cross chapter, the Coastal SC Chapter at Columbiaregionredcross.org or at 843-477-0020.

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