Richard Woodruff, the director of communications for the Red Cross, and Stan Rosenzweig, volunteer and the recipient of the prestigious Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award, joined us to talk about the benefits of seniors and retirees volunteering with the Red Cross.
90% of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers from all walks of life, but the highest number being in the form of seniors and retirees. Stan has been volunteering with the Red Cross for 13 years and began his volunteer journey with Hurricane Katrina. He says volunteering is a life changing experience that provides so much hope and humanity for those who are experiencing tragedy with disasters like Hurricane Michael and Florence. If you are a senior interested in spending your time off helping those who need your help, consider volunteering for the Red Cross.
Red Cross volunteers are highly trained in very specific job functions and are deployed to major disasters around the county. The Cost of training and deploying volunteers is expensive. For example, to deploy a volunteer for a two week assignment costs about $1,600. This tab is picked up by the generosity of donors. The volunteers incur no personal expense on their own so there is no financial obligation. The donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.
If you would like to donate or volunteer, please visit their website redcross.org.