April is National Volunteer Month, and the American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania is celebrating community heroes whose daily support and hard work embody the organization's lifesaving mission to help those in need. 

Last year, more than 3,300 Red Cross volunteers across the Greater Pennsylvania region supported blood drives, assisted veterans and military families, and provided food and shelter after more than 1,500 disasters of all sizes. 

According to the Red Cross, volunteers represent more than 90 percent of the organization's workforce nationwide. 

“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross,” said Jorge Martinez, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania. “Their support is immeasurable. Without the gift of their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to help people in what can be their darkest hour.”

The Red Cross said all types of volunteers are needed, especially Disaster Action Team, Shelter Services, and Disaster Health Services volunteers. 

The Red Cross said these roles are a great fit for those who are team-oriented and want to make an immediate difference. Free online training will be provided: 

  • As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you can be a source of refuge and comfort for neighbors when they need it most. Disaster Action Team members provide emotional support, emergency financial assistance and information to help families begin to recover.
  • As a Shelter Services volunteer, you can support the day-to-day activities within an emergency shelter. This includes helping residents in different shelter areas such as reception, registration, feeding, dormitory or information.
  • As a Disaster Health Services volunteer, you can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands-on care to people in shelters. Volunteers also provide additional support including health assessments, health education and much more.

More information on volunteering with the Red Cross can be found here