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Here's why summertime can be a great time to volunteer

Have time on your hands this summer? Summertime is a great time for many, especially students who may have a few months of free time, to volunteer and reap its rewards. If you’re one of the lucky ones with more time on their hands in the summer, consider keeping your skills (whether life skills or more academically driven) sharp, or gain new ones, meet new people and have new experiences.

Using his strengths to give back: Meet Jason, a logistics volunteer

Meet Jason, a Canadian Red Cross volunteer who uses his technical skills to focus on logistics. Volunteers like Jason play a critical role in making sure responses to disasters run smoothly, and the supplies that are needed get where they need to go. 

A lifetime of community service recognized by Canada's highest award for volunteers

Cor Zandbergen has been helping people his entire life. In 1971, as an 18 year old, he joined the Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service in the town of Mackenzie, B.C. Since then, he’s been an active volunteer with the Vancouver Police Department, Vernon Search and Rescue, and of course the Red Cross. In fact, you would have to try pretty hard to find a time when he wasn’t volunteering to better his community.

In her words: a Nova Scotia fisher finds time to volunteer

Volunteer Tammy Saunders joined the Canadian Red Cross in the spring of 2012. A self-employed commercial fisher, Tammy says the seasonal nature of her work gives her portions of the year that she likes to fill with volunteering.
 

Spreading the word to help reduce risks in communities

Many Canadians don't know the risks in their community, so recently Canadian Red Cross volunteers went door-to-door in communities to share information to spread awareness about risks like fires and floods, and the actions residents can take to prepare for potential disasters and emergencies. 

Meet Elizabeth: a Red Cross volunteer helping in emergencies here and abroad

Elizabeth (Liz) McMahon has a big job at the Red Cross field hospital in Mozambique – she makes sure the doctors and nurses have all the medicines and medical equipment they need. It’s busy​ from the moment she, and the 3,000 various medical items associated with the field hospital, arrive in country.

How one volunteer is helping in her community and across Canada

Louise Carson is an Emergency Management volunteer in New Brunswick. She lives in Saint John and is retired with one grandchild who was born this summer. Volunteering is both her hobby and her passion, and she volunteers with various organizations in her community.
 

Q&A: How volunteering can get you your dream job

We interviewed Darlene Burns, our Volunteer Experience and Engagement Manager, here at the Canadian Red Cross for her insights on how volunteering can help you land the job you’ve always wanted. Darlene has well over 10 years of experience working in HR prior to her current position.
 

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