"…thanks, and thanks." – National Volunteer Week!

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
~William Shakespeare

Did you hear about this week? It’s National Volunteer Week!

Every year the nation sets aside a week to honor you, the Volunteers that hold the fabric of our nation together.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart”
~Elizabeth Andrew

We often say that you are the lifeblood of the Red Cross. It really is true. Did you know that 98% of the work done by our Chapter is done by Volunteers? That amounts to over 100,000 hours each and every year. That is such a huge donation of your time, energy, and talents, I could never thank you enough. You have a knack for being there when we, and your community, need you the most. Whether you give 40 hours a week, 1 hour a week, or just whenever you can, you truly make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like with no Red Cross Volunteers? It’s truly a scary thought. You respond to nearly 500 single family fires each year, providing food, clothing, shelter and comfort to those who have just lost everything. You teach thousands of people lifesaving skills so that they might be able to help someone in a medical emergency. You connect hundreds of families with their loved ones serving in the Armed Forces. You live the Humanitarian principles of the Red Cross Movement each and every day, to make the lives of those around you better. Without you, the Volunteers of the American Red Cross…the lifeblood of our organization…it wouldn’t be possible.

I know I can speak for the entire Red Cross Movement when I say that we could never thank you enough. As the old saying goes “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” You truly are priceless. I’ve been trying to find a way to express the way that we feel, and William Shakespeare truly said it the best…”I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”

Thanks, and Thanks.

Kristofer “Luke” Bolz
Director of Volunteer Services
Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross

***** Be Red Cross Ready- It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference. Do you know what they are?
Click on the link http://tr.im/RedCrossReady and find out!


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