The American Red Cross on March 11 announced the implementation of a new online volunteer system across the country that is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization.
"Our new Volunteer Connection system will be a great benefit for the Red Cross, a great tool for our volunteers and a great asset to our service in communities," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. "We believe Volunteer Connection will improve our response to community needs and deliver services of the Red Cross mission by better engaging one of our greatest assets - the talents, time and dedication of our volunteers."
Volunteer Connection, which is being used in chapters and other parts of the Red Cross across the U.S., was created and deployed thanks to a $3 million grant from industrial supply giant, W.W. Grainger Inc.
"Grainger is proud to partner with the American Red Cross in its efforts around Volunteer Connection," said Jim Ryan , Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grainger. "We both are committed to helping communities impacted by disaster, and this innovative new system further enables the Red Cross to deliver on its mission of providing essential humanitarian services to those in need."
Grainger's support for the volunteer management system is another example of its deep partnership and commitment to strengthen the Red Cross. In addition to its financial support for disaster relief, Grainger also is the national founding sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes program, which recruits and trains the employees of local businesses and organizations as disaster responders. The program has trained more than 14,000 volunteers since 2001.
"It's a natural fit for Grainger to be involved in emergency preparedness and we are dedicated to help build a stronger network of support within the business community," said Ryan.
March is Red Cross Month, a time to recognize and honor Red Cross supporters and volunteers, and the Red Cross also urges people across the country to join the Red Cross by volunteering, making a financial contribution or donating blood.
"Volunteers are essential to the Red Cross and to our ability to fulfill our humanitarian mission, and the Red Cross is always seeking volunteers with a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, talents and skills," said Jim Starr , vice president of Volunteer Management at the Red Cross. "Our goal is for the Red Cross to be the premier place for volunteers to work."
People interested in volunteering should contact their local Red Cross chapter or visit www.redcross.org to learn more and view a video and infographic.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.