This year’s National Volunteer Week is April 21 through 27. The theme “Celebrate Service” captures the meaning of what this week is about: honoring the millions of people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. National Volunteer Week is also an opportunity for volunteers to inspire and encourage others to seek out and participate in activities that cause a positive change in their communities
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“Everywhere you look, you’ll find a story about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through volunteer service, including blood donation,” said Tracy Duncan Fox, spokesperson for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “And that’s cause for celebration.”
National Volunteer Week was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974, and continues to grow in scope through the support of all subsequent U.S. presidents and other elected officials.
At the Red Cross, volunteers constitute approximately 94 percent of the total work force needed to carry out the organization’s humanitarian mission. More than half a million people a year proudly call themselves American Red Cross volunteers.
“Volunteers show all of us that you can make a difference in today’s world,” said Fox. “We invite you to join the millions of people who help save the day by donating blood or giving of your time and talents through the American Red Cross.”
Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives In Your Area
- Tuesday, April 16, from noon until 6 p.m. at Hilltop High School in the gymnasium, located at 1401 W. Jackson St. in West Unity.
- Tuesday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ck Tech, located at 1701 Magda Drive in Montpelier.