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American Red Cross Blood Services is Seeking Volunteers

Salt Lake City, March 18, 2013 — Volunteers are an integral part of our country’s fabric.  Their dedication is felt in thousands of communities, from small towns in central Utah to the Wasatch Front.  Nationwide, the American Red Cross relies on 500,000 committed volunteers who represent 94 percent of our workforce. And that doesn’t even count the millions who voluntarily donate blood.  There wouldn’t be a Red Cross without volunteers.

Would you like to do something that really matters?  Become a part of the Red Cross.  We need you.  Your community needs you.  Right now the Red Cross is looking for several men and women to serve as volunteers.

According to Vickie Morgan, regional volunteer supervisor for the Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region, “We would like to find some great committed people to help us with critical volunteer positions.”

  • Volunteer couriers are needed to help transport blood from collection sites to a processing center and from the center to local hospitals. If you like to drive and are dependable, able to read and follow maps, and work well with others, then this is a great volunteer opportunity.  Prospective drivers must have a valid Utah driver’s license, be able to lift at least 45 pounds and be willing to make a commitment to serve for at least six months to one year.  Driver’s training is required and will be provided by the Red Cross. Morgan added, “We are currently in need of evening and Saturday help.”
  • Donor Ambassadors are the friendly, helpful volunteers who make blood donors feel welcome and appreciated and help keep blood drives organized.  Donor Ambassadors also help ensure donors eat, drink and rest for a few minutes and then thank them for donating blood.  Volunteers can work at Red Cross mobile blood drives at businesses, churches and schools or at fixed sites in Salt Lake, Orem or Layton.
  • Facilities maintenance is a new volunteer position in Salt Lake that could be a lot of fun for the right person.  Morgan explained, “If you know how to patch and paint walls, prepare and replace ceiling tiles, replace light bulbs and florescent tubes and like to work outdoors sometimes this, may be just the volunteer placement for you!”

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Vickie Morgan at 801.892.4011 or email Vickie.Morgan@redcross.org.

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