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American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter  
Volunteer & Youth Services

The very foundation of the American Red Cross is based on a voluntary work force. Today nearly 1.4 million people volunteer with the Red Cross nationwide with the ratio of Red Cross volunteers to paid staff approximately 41 to 1.
The American Red Cross tries to attract, involve and develop a volunteer work force with diverse skills, interests and abilities so that the American Red Cross continues to provide effective services that are responsive to the changing need of the American public.
As the largest humanitarian organization in the United States, the Red Cross depends on volunteers to accomplish the organization's mission: providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross provides training for most volunteer positions; the level of training varies according to the requirements of the position.
Volunteers serve at all levels of the Red Cross, including:

Governance - The Board of Governors at Red Cross National Headquarters and the local Board of Directors.

Management - Coordinators of services, leaders of youth councils, supervisors of disaster operations, volunteer coordinators and members of State Service Councils.
Direct Service - Armed Forces Emergency Services casework, disaster relief assistance, health & safety instructors, administrative support services.
Youth and Red Cross Clubs
Youth and teens have always been special to the American Red Cross. Since the founding of the Junior Red Cross in 1917, youth and the Red Cross have been partners. Today, the involvement of youth and teens with the Red Cross is even more important than ever and has become a special focus of the volunteer recruitment effort. And these young adults are rising to the challenge -- people up to age 25 comprise a third of the Red Cross volunteer work force.
One way of reaching this group is through the Red Cross Club. The Red Cross Club is a service-centered club in schools around the area. Red Cross Club members are trained in Disaster Services and certified in CPR and First Aid. They also have opportunities to explore many other areas of interest. Some of these young people may become Peer Educators in everything from Water Safety to First Aid. Others may work in Armed Forces Emergency Services, working with American service men and women. Other experiences may include leadership development activities -- such as serving on a local board -- or simple community service (cleaning up a street, planting trees or visiting the elderly.) The opportunities are endless and the rewards are amazing!

If you would like to find out about the Red Cross Club nearest you, or if you would like to get one started in your area, simply call us at (318) 865-9545.
However, the Red Cross is about so much more than just work, work, work! We like to think of ourselves as one big family! And that means playing together just as hard as we work together. Whether marching in a Mardi Gras parade, eating crawfish at a group picnic or being the next victim in a dunking booth, our volunteers are encouraged to have fun and to be themselves. We would love to add you to our family. Volunteer today!