Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
What do we call people that, with willing hearts, give to their community week after week, year after year, expecting nothing in return? We call them volunteers.
At the American Red Cross in Nassau County, hundreds of volunteers know the satisfaction of helping others. They know Magic Johnson was right when he said, “You’re the only one who can make the difference.”
Red Cross volunteers save the day. They provide a place to stay and emotional support when their neighbors are faced with a home fire or other disaster. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers connect military families, work at events, and, in general, take the actions needed to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and talent the Red Cross has received from the citizens of Long Island. Thank you. Without your gifts we could not fulfill the Red Cross mission.
National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite you to join us. If you are not a volunteer, give the Red Cross a try. Red Crossers are people who are trained to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergencies. Right now we especially need people who can be trained in shelter operations before this upcoming hurricane season. To volunteer, contact Kristy D’Errico, Chief Operating Officer, at (516) 747-3500, ext. 239.
Frank Cassano, CEO
American Red Cross in Nassau County