March is Red Cross Month and the Red Cross is looking for volunteers who want to become community heroes to help fulfill our mission. The American Red Cross will host a new volunteer orientation at the American Red Cross Farmington Office, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, Connecticut on Tuesday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella; our vital work is made possible by people like you.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Across our region, on average we respond to nearly two home fires per day and those responders are Red Cross volunteers. We are looking for more volunteers to help us fulfill our mission.”
Last year, the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region responded to nearly 1,200 disasters, the majority of which were home fires. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things and more volunteers are needed in all areas.
The hour-long orientation session is designed to introduce new volunteers to the history of the Red Cross and to learn about all of the local volunteer opportunities available. Those interested in attending the session must register in advance online at www.redcross.org/ct/volunteer. For more information please call 860-678-2788.