Red Cross thankful for volunteers during National Volunteer Week

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Every organization needs a hand no matter how big or small. This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate those willing to share their time and help others more.  

Joe Zydlo, regional communications manager, from the American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas, says volunteers are the lifeline for the Red Cross.  

“It’s more volunteers than actual paid positions within the organization so you know it really is we talk about being the lifeblood no pun intended on the blood side of things but it really is the lifeblood of our organization,” said ZYDLO. 

The organization has been about providing so much help over the years, and providing emergency training to many people. Volunteers helped provide food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 4,500 local families who faced emergency situations,” said Zydlo “We’ve trained over 83,000 people in life-saving skills that could be CPR or you know helping out as a lifeguard guard.” 

The Red Cross and many organization know and understand the importance of their volunteers.  

“You know we we’ve done a lot we can’t do that without volunteers,” said Zydlo. 

 For more information on how to volunteer with the American Red Cross visit

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