Letter to Editor: National Volunteer Week

Dear Clarke Daily News Editors,

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross is celebrating our own dedicated volunteers, the people who make the Red Cross run. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.

Our chapter has nearly 250 volunteers from all walks of life. They come together with one common purpose—to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

In the 2012 National Volunteer Week Proclamation, President Barack Obama states that “our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers. I encourage every American to stand up and play their part — to put their shoulder up against the wheel and help change history’s course.”

Red Cross volunteers are always ready to step in and help people down the street, across the nation and around the world. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers serve veterans, members of the military, and their families; work at blood drives; and respond to large and small disasters.

During National Volunteer Week, the Red Cross wants to thank each volunteer. We take this time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and blood the Red Cross has received from our community.

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. To find out more, contact our Volunteer Services office at 540-2662-5412.

Chris Scott
Executive Director
Top of Virginia & Shenandoah County Chapters
American Red Cross


  1. supportnClarke says:

    Another way to volunteer help for our local community:

    Consider dropping off gently used clothes, toys and household items to the FISH Clothing bank on Friday or Saturday between 9 am and 12 pm (rt. 340 – turn toward Millwood, take immediate right into church drive)

    A great way to unload extra yard-sale items that you stil have from last weekend!! (currently in need of baby clothes…shelves almost bare…)