Across the nation, the American Red Cross is recognizing volunteer heroes during Red Cross Month. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson sat down with Coralie Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Hawaii Chapter, to talk about the organization’s mission and how people can help.
For over 70 years, March has been designated as national Red Cross Month to recognize the critical services this humanitarian organization provides to the community. During March, the organization aims to encourage everyone to take part in the Red Cross mission of saving lives and giving hope to those in need.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross and make up 95 perfect of its workforce. These volunteers give their time, talent and compassion to fulfill the organization’s vital humanitarian mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering. Matayoshi says the organization wants to honor and applaud its volunteers for their invaluable contribution to the community and ask others to consider joining.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and respond to home fires and other disasters in Hawaii every four days, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The Hawaii Red Cross also educates local youth, organizations and businesses on how to prepare before disasters strike, provides 24/7 support to members of the military, veterans and their families, and trains thousands of people in first aid and other lifesaving skills.