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Your time and talent can make a real difference in people’s lives.

Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. That’s 15 volunteers for every one employee.  Our vital work is only possible because of our amazing cadre of volunteers.

Nearly 400,000 individuals volunteered nationwide with the American Red Cross last year, but our volunteers aren’t just a number. Volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross, and we couldn’t fulfill our lifesaving mission without them.  Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Here in Eastern Pennsylvania we have over 3,800 volunteers throughout the 17 county region.  Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests.  The American Red Cross provides compassionate care in five critical areas with many opportunities within each department:

  • People affected by disasters
  • Support for members of the military, veterans and their families
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • Health and safety education and training
  • International relief and development

In Eastern Pennsylvania, we responded to over 1,200 disasters last year.  We train and send volunteers to respond both locally and to help in national disaster relief efforts.  We help educate communities through preparedness presentations on how to prevent and prepare for emergencies.

The Red Cross responds to military families experiencing an immediate need by providing emergency communications, family follow up, access to financial assistance, and disaster services.  The American Red Cross serves the military community and military medical facilities including military and VA hospitals, VA outpatient clinics, military community health care clinics, Veteran Centers, Veteran Community Living Centers, and Veteran State Homes.

The Red Cross is one of the nation’s largest blood collection organizations.  We need more donor ambassadors, transportation specialists, and community outreach specialists.

Preparedness and Health and Safety Services is the prime provider of education on first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, and water safety and we need instructors to help train the communities.

Beyond our core focus areas, there are opportunities in fundraising, special events, communications, writing and social media outreach, volunteer management, community outreach, office administration, and board member positions.

Our volunteers give their time and talent every day to the Red Cross because the Red Cross is needed every day.  By volunteering with the American Red Cross, you can truly make a difference in a variety of ways. Visit: www.redcross.org/volunteer to become a volunteer today.

Join us!

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Everything the American Red Cross does depends on the needs of the people that we serve and we could not be there without the generous support of the community.  Since being founded in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services – whenever and wherever they’re called for – is unmatched by any organization, charity or non-profit in the world.  By supporting the Red Cross, you are there for hundreds of people who face emergencies in our region a year and help as they rebuild their lives.  Last year our region responded to over 1,200 disasters in which 5,500 people were given emergency assistance.  We installed over 6,400 smoke alarms making families in our community safer and educated over 7,800 elementary students in disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project.

Each year the American Red Cross in Eastern Pennsylvania conducts a number of signature events throughout the Eastern Pennsylvania Region that would not be possible without the generous support of our community and sponsors. We welcome you to come out in support of these events as money raised goes back into the many services we provide to the local community.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events from March 2017- June 2017:

March 5, 2017- Pocono Telethon: www.redcross.org/poconotelethon
March 23, 2017 – NEPA Centennial Celebration: www.redcross.org/NEPA100
April 1, 2017 – Red Ball: www.redcross.org/redball2017
April 7, 2017 – Cabaret & Cuisine, Stayin’ Alive: www.redcross.org/cabaret2017
May 17, 2017- Clara Barton Awards Reception
May 20, 2017 – Celebration of Life SAF Walk
May 21, 2017 – Run for the Red Pocono Marathon: www.redcross.org/poconomarathon
June 1, 2017 – Citizen of the Year
June 19, 2017 – Red Cross Cup Golf Tournament
Visit our Heroes page to view all our Heroes events throughout the region at www.redcross.org/EPAheroes

Visit our events page to keep updated on each of our special events.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s more persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

As part of the MLK Day of Service, the Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region participated in a nationwide effort to install 15,000 smoke alarms in homes across the country.  The Red Cross held six smoke alarm installation events across our 17 county region, installing approximately 1,200 smoke alarms. It’s all part of the continuing Home Fire Campaign to make our communities safer and better prepared.

Red Cross volunteers, along with local fire departments and our community partners, went door-to-door to speak with residents and educate them on potential home fire hazards and risks. Fire safety information was provided in English and Spanish and residents received free smoke alarms installed in their homes.

Since 2015, the Eastern Pennsylvania Region, in partnership with local fire departments and community partners, have installed approximately 8,000 smoke alarms.

Take a moment to watch the MLK Day of Service Video.

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Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter

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Tri-County Chapter

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NEPA Chapter

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SEPA Chapter

Photo galleries of the events can be found here.

IMPACT OF HOME FIRES & RED CROSS RESPONSE:  Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire and on average 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent by 2020. Since 2014 the Home Fire Campaign has saved 116 lives nationwide.

Home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States and the number one disaster the Red Cross responds to in America. This campaign is in direct response to that dire threat, with the Red Cross committed to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness.

HOME FIRE SAFETY, A FEW SIMPLE STEPS: Most home fires can be prevented. The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarm and practice fire drills at home.

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of survival in a fire:

  1. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them.  At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives and practice.
  2. If someone does have alarms, test them today.  If they don’t work, replace them.
  3. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and the home in less than two minutes.
  4. Practice the plan with home fire drills.  What’s the household’s escape time?  An individual only has two minutes.

 

To become a Red Cross volunteer please visit, www.redcross.org/volunteer.