American Red Cross Urges Local Volunteers to Take Part in ‘United We Serve’ Initiative

DUBOIS – The American Red Cross here in DuBois and the surrounding communities has many ways volunteers can help their community this summer and be a part of President Barack Obama’s nationwide effort – United We Serve.

“We are pleased to participate in United We Serve and thank the President for making this call to service,”said Bob Newell, DuBois Chapter executive Director, “Everyone has something to give. By serving this summer, we hope more people will make an ongoing commitment to volunteering throughout the year.”

Volunteers can help deliver preparedness messages. They can give blood, help to recruit blood donors, or sign up people to take First Aid and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) training. For more ways to help, contact the DuBois Chapter at 371-2750 or visit the Chapter Web site. If you live outside the DuBois area, please contact the Red Cross Chapter in your area to find out about volunteer opportunities. In Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, call 765-5516. In Elk and Cameron Counties call 834-2915. If you are not sure what chapter covers your area, visit www.redcross.org or look for the American Red Cross in your local phone book.

President Obama is calling on all Americans to participate by serving their communities. United We Serve runs through Sept. 11 and asks people to become engaged in the country’s recovery. It is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities though volunteering and service.

“This summer, I’m calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation,” said Obama. “Economic recovery is as much about what you’re doing in your communities as what we’re doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

For more information about United We Serve, you can visit Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to find local volunteer opportunities, or get ideas for creating their own projects with friends, families, and neighbors. To find out more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit here.

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