American Red Cross Launches Easy-to-Use Online Volunteer Connection System

  American Red Cross Launches Easy-to-Use Online Volunteer Connection System

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013

NonProfit Marks Red Cross Month in March with Call for Volunteers to Join

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross
today announced the implementation of a new online volunteer system across the
country that is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their
skills and interests to needs across the organization.

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"Our new Volunteer Connection system will be a great benefit for the Red
Cross, a great tool for our volunteers and a great asset to our service in
communities," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. "We
believe Volunteer Connection will improve our response to community needs and
deliver services of the Red Cross mission by better engaging one of our
greatest assets — the talents, time and dedication of our volunteers."

Volunteer Connection, which is being used in chapters and other parts of the
Red Cross across the United States, was created and deployed thanks to a $3
million grant from W.W. Grainger, Inc.

"Grainger is proud to partner with the American Red Cross in its efforts
around Volunteer Connection," said Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Grainger. "We both are committed to helping communities
impacted by disaster, and this innovative new system further enables the Red
Cross to deliver on its mission of providing essential humanitarian services
to those in need."

Grainger's support for the volunteer management system is another example of
its deep partnership and commitment to strengthen the Red Cross. In addition
to its financial support for disaster relief, Grainger also is the national
founding sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes program, which recruits and
trains the employees of local businesses and organizations as disaster
responders. The program has trained more than 14,000 volunteers since 2001.

"It's a natural fit for Grainger to be involved in emergency preparedness and
we are dedicated to help build a stronger network of support within the
business community," said Ryan.

Call for Volunteers Issued During Red Cross Month
March is Red Cross Month, a time to recognize and honor Red Cross supporters
and volunteers, and the Red Cross also urged people across the country to join
the Red Cross by volunteering, making a financial contribution or donating
blood.

"Volunteers are essential to the Red Cross and to our ability to fulfill our
humanitarian mission, and the Red Cross is always seeking volunteers with a
diverse range of backgrounds, ages, talents and skills," said Jim Starr, vice
president of Volunteer Management at the Red Cross. "Our goal is for the Red
Cross to be the premier place for volunteers to work."

People interested in volunteering should contact their local Red Cross chapter
or visit redcross.org. to learn more, check out our video and infographic.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

SOURCE American Red Cross

Website: http://www.redcross.org
Contact: Red Cross Public Affairs , Phone: +1-202-303-5551, media@redcross.org