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The Intersection of Work and Volunteering

Post by Jai Nassim

You’ve probably noticed this week the Red Cross has been celebrating the good work of its volunteers. Volunteers come to us from all walks of life, and all backgrounds. It’s one of the things that make this organization a great place to volunteer—there’s something for everyone to do. In fact, volunteering can be as simple as showing up for work. Does your company have a volunteer program? If not, ask! Volunteering time with those you work with is a great way to give back to your community while building bonds between co-workers.

The Red Cross offers a variety of opportunities for employees to lend their time and skills to make a difference, such as volunteering in the community, hosting blood drives and leading Workplace Giving Programs. Here are a few Annual Disaster Giving Program partners whose employees have gone above and beyond to support the Red Cross and its mission year round:

State Farm
For the past year, State Farm and its employees have hosted more than 40 blood drives resulting in more than 2,000 units of blood collected and donated to the Red Cross. State Farm promotes wellness as part of its community outreach program and designates “Wellness Ambassadors” to coordinate and spread the word about blood drives throughout the organization. Amy Howard, employee health services representative and blood drive coordinator at State Farm, shared why she gives blood, “for me personally, it’s knowing that I have helped save somebody’s life. It’s also a personal goal of overcoming a fear of needles. If it saves somebody’s life, than I can get over my fear to do it…[we] just like to help others.”

Grainger has continued to support the Red Cross and its mission through employee, cash and product resources. Grainger’s investments have ensured that the Red Cross has a scalable volunteer workforce. They serve as the National Founding Sponsor of Ready When the Time Comes corporate volunteer program and are the National Launch Sponsor of Volunteer Connection, our online volunteer management system. Also, when disaster strikes, Grainger’s employees often step up to help the Red Cross with a financial gift.

University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix supports our Service to Armed Forces Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, where its employees create and send holiday cards to active service members. Here’s a small sampling of what some University of Phoenix staff, students and faculty have written in the cards:


“Thank you for your service, your bravery and the sacrifices that you have made to defend our country. Even if you feel alone on the holiday, know that you are always cared about – Michael”

“Thank you for all you have done to keep us safe, even though it might have been hard for you to do it. When you come back I’ll do everything I can to keep you safe and welcome you with open arms – U.S. Citizen”

“As a former service member I know the pain of deployment – especially around the holidays. Nevertheless, enjoy one day of good chow and a phone call home. Keep safe, and keep your buddies happy, and enjoy the well-deserved beer when you get home. Thanks for all you do! –Jonathan United States Air Force 2003-2007”

“’The task ahead of you is never greater than the power behind you’ – Sending you our love and support during this holiday season. Thank you for your service. We appreciate you! Sincerely, Michelle”

If your organization or corporation already partners with the Red Cross, please speak with your Red Cross relationship manager or your local Red Cross about your volunteerism needs.
If you’re new to the Red Cross and would like to know how to get your group involved, please contact your local chapter to learn more.