Red Cross is the nation’s largest humanitarian organization led by volunteers (900,000), who comprise 96% of American Red Cross workforce. One out of 43 Americans is a Red Cross supporter. In 2006 the organization celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Red Cross is led by its president and CEO, who reports to the Board of Governors (BOG). There are 50 Board of Governors, all volunteers, who convene 4 times a year to set policy for the entire organization. The Chairman of the American Red Cross is appointed by the President of the United States. Red Cross is a non-profit organization which is not funded by the government. There are 800 chapters in the country. Red Cross’s major services include: Biomedical (blood collection), Service to the Armed forces, Health and Safety, Disaster and International.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay is headquartered in Cambridge and has locations in Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Peabody, Quincy, and Waltham that serve as local sites for community programs, volunteer recruitment, and disaster preparedness and response.
To find open volunteer opportunities please go to the Red Cross website. Volunteers are needed in various areas, especially in Disaster relief. “Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes (fire, flood, etc.), the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs”.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and available to all, which is made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
What makes Red Cross so successful in utilizing volunteers? They have a great website with many volunteer opportunities. Their response time is quick and they provide competitive training (in class and on-line), and they take volunteers year-round on flexible terms.
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Registration: 7:30 AM
Breakfast Program: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: The Westin Copley Place