National Volunteer Week is running through April 18 and the American Red Cross, South Jersey Region is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.

American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter Volunteers (photo: Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media)
American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter Volunteers (photo: Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media)
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The Red Cross responds to fires, teaches lifesaving skills like First Aid and CPR, volunteer at Veterans Hospitals, help staff blood drives and so much more. Here in the South Jersey Region, nearly 1,600 volunteers help our community.

Last year, Red Cross South Jersey Region volunteers provided food and shelter to more than 560 local families who faced emergency situations. They trained over 29,000 people in lifesaving skills and provided over 1,600 services to military members, veterans and their families.

With it being National Volunteer Week, there's never been a better time to sign up to  become a Red Cross volunteer. The best part is there are many ways people can get involved. Go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths in the area. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety.

People who might want to volunteer during a disaster should download the Team Red Cross app. This free app allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.