The American Red Cross is hosting a meeting for high school students interested in joining the Union County Red Cross Youth Council on Tuesday, April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield Presbyterian Church, located at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.

“Youth volunteers are essential to helping fulfil the Red Cross mission,” said Suzanne Anderson, volunteer manager and youth lead specialist, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “The Union County Red Cross Youth Council is a great opportunity for high school students interested in making a difference in their community.”

Youth and young adults are an important component of the Red Cross and make up more than 20 percent of the Red Cross volunteer workforce. Youth and young adult volunteers can be actively involved in every line of Red Cross service delivery; they can lead Red Cross Clubs, teach community preparedness, donate blood and recruit other donors, raise funds in their local community, volunteer at veterans’ hospitals, and support international initiatives. Youth volunteers may also hold a leadership position on their chapter’s Board of Directors. Each of the New Jersey Region’s six boards has a seat designated for a youth volunteer member.

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The Union County Red Cross Youth Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.

For more information, visit redcross.org/volunteer and contact Suzanne Anderson at Suzanne.Anderson@redcross.org or 908-947-2876.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.