Local ARC in Dire Need of Volunteers to Assist in Community Blood Drives
PA Heartland Chapter Actively Recruiting Volunteers to Greet and Assist Donors
ST. MARYS – Every two seconds, one person in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross aims to meet this need, as it supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood supply. However, the Red Cross can only perform this work with a vast, dedicated network of volunteers to support and staff the organization’s blood drives throughout the country.
With blood services volunteer numbers at an all-time low, the local Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter – serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties – is actively recruiting volunteers to serve at community blood drives. The Red Cross encourages interested residents to become a part of the team.
The chapter is in need of individuals to fill the following roles throughout the area. Specifically, the chapter is looking for blood volunteers to service the St. Marys’ office, located at 808 S. Michael St. in St. Marys.
- Blood Services Volunteer-Greeter: Greeters are the face of the Red Cross to the blood donor. They welcome donors and guide them through the donation registration process by providing instruction, reading material and customer service. These volunteers have the opportunity to positively impact the donor’s experience.
- Blood Services Volunteer-Canteen: Canteen volunteers are vital to the donor’s overall donation experience. They serve refreshments, present recognition and promotional items, encourage future donation appointments, alert staff when a donor is not feeling well and foster a positive environment.
As a non-profit organization, the Red Cross relies on the steadfast volunteer network to carry out its humanitarian mission-to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies-throughout the area. Volunteers constitute for more than 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce.The organization strives to place interested residents in appropriate volunteer roles based on their skills, interests and experience. To get involved as a blood volunteer or for more information on how to help in the community, contact the local Red Cross at 814-371-2750.
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About the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region:
The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergenciesprevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergenciesprevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergenciesprevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.