I would like to make a toast to volunteers: "Here's to all
volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no
pay," penned speechwriter Robert Orben.
April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week and the Vermont & the
New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross is celebrating our own
dedicated volunteers and partners; the people who make the
humanitarian work of the American Red Cross possible.
Over just the past year, Red Cross volunteers across our region
brought food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1000's of people
devastated by fire, flood and other disasters. Volunteers also
provide services to members of the military, veterans and their
families, including communications linking military members to
their loved ones during an emergency.
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, babysitting, and other
health and safety courses. They encourage their neighbors to learn
these lifesaving skills.
For anyone who has volunteered, they know that Robert Orben's quip
that volunteering is "all work and no pay" isn't quite accurate. To
quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "It is one of the most beautiful
compensations of this life that no man can help another without
To all that have given of their time in the name of the American
Red Cross, thank you.
Larry Crist, regional executive, American Red Cross