Dear Editor:
 
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region is honoring its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18.
Volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross and are out in our community everyday helping us fulfill our mission of alleviating human suffering during emergencies.
 
Last year, our volunteers helped 1,130 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They helped train 60,441 people in lifesaving skills and assisted 1,877 military members, veterans and their families and assisted at blood drives that collected more than 25,420 units of blood.
 

I invite the public to join us and become a Red Cross volunteer. The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a great way to get started as a volunteer. Join our team of energetic volunteers and go door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for home fires to help install smoke alarms and teach families about fire safety. To learn more about the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and other volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org/NorthJerseyRegion.
                                 
During National Volunteer Week, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to the more than 3,330 Red Cross volunteers who help us fulfill our mission here in the northern half of the Garden State. Their compassion and selflessness are the driving force behind Red Cross programs and services.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mathieu Nelessen
Regional CEO
American Red Cross North Jersey Region