The symbol of The American Red Cross — a bright red cross against a white background — is one of the most recognizable emblems in the world today. Yet not as many people are aware of exactly what the organization does on a day-to-day basis.

The American Red Cross responds to approximately 60,000 disasters across the nation per year, from single-family home fires to floods, building collapses, and hurricanes. The organization also collects 40% of the nation’s blood, a particularly noteworthy feat considering that one blood donation saves three lives.

Amazingly, the organization’s workforce is composed of 90% volunteers: a network of people united by a shared mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. IVY Magazine sat down with Josh Lockwood, the Regional CEO of The American Red Cross Greater New York Region, to discuss his insights on the organization, thoughts on the qualities of great leaders, and advice on how to best become involved in the diverse work of The American Red Cross.

Three Ways to Get Involved

The American Red Cross Greater New York Region serves more than 13 million people in the Greater New York City Area, which includes the NYC, Long Island, and Metro New York chapters. The organization responds to approximately seven emergencies and disasters a day across the region, providing shelter, food, clothing and emotional support at no cost to those in need. Josh Lockwood outlined three diverse way by which people could become involved in his organization’s work:

  1. Sign up as disaster volunteer. After receiving some training, you’ll be out in the field actively responding to disasters and helping people in their most critical moments of need.
  2. Get involved as communicator. The American Red Cross needs the intellectual capital of the next generation, particularly in the tech field. The organization is hard at work developing and initiating of apps to be utilized in the midst of disasters, and to help people think about preparedness beforehand.
  3. Get the training. Make a difference by taking classes in CPR, first aid, babysitting, and more — preparing yourself to dive in and save a life anywhere, anytime.

To learn more about the amazing work of The American Red Cross Greater New York Region, click here.

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