To the Editor:
“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.
This National Volunteer Week, April 15- 21, the American Red Cross of Northern new York is celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the people who make the American Red Cross run.
In 2011, volunteers from St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties brought food, shelter, comfort and hope to dozens of local families faced with rebuilding their lives after a fire.
Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting, and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.Volunteers also provide much needed office support to the two local branch offices within our chapter, assisting with reception and clerical duties.
If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. Right now, the American Red Cross of Northern New York needs people in all areas of volunteer services. To volunteer, contact the Potsdam office at 268-0102.
Jane Gendron, Community Chapter Executive