The Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross is joining Red Cross units around the world in celebrating one of our most precious resources: the contributions of our volunteers and the work they do in the community to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
The commitment of our volunteers to turn compassion into action is the reason we can continue to turn heartbreak into hope whenever and wherever disasters strike.
The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does. The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. People can go to www.redcross.org/fl/sarasota to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.
People who might want to volunteer when a disaster strikes this community should download the Team Red Cross app. Through the free app, people can sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
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The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
We also need the public's help to thank our volunteers. Go to the Red Cross Facebook page and post a thank-you message to our volunteers. A simple "thank you" from you will mean the world to them.
Megarie van Sickel
CEO, Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross