Since 1943, March has been designated as Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the organization’s relief efforts both in the U.S. and across the globe. Our airline is the largest group of corporate citizens in the local Greater New York chapter, with 565 crewmembers trained by American Red Cross (ARC) as Ready Team volunteers. Rob Maruster, our Chief Operating Office also serves as chair of the chapter’s board of directors.
In honor of Red Cross Month, our Care and Emergency Response department organized some volunteer opportunities in the New York area–and 40 of our crewmembers volunteered to help last month:
- Assembled 200 Comfort Kits for communities that experience a natural disaster
- Joined the ARC phone bank (Our crewmembers made 1,200 calls to volunteers in the ARC database, and reminded them to update their profiles with information vital to volunteer managers, such as special skills and languages.)
- Repaired homes affected by Hurricane Sandy