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Grainger donates to American Red Cross

April 24, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The American Red Cross is launching a next-generation volunteer management system that will help better recruit, manage and deploy volunteers, thanks to the support of a $3 million grant from facilities maintenance supplier, W.W. Grainger Inc., according to a press release.

The online system, called Volunteer Connection, will allow new volunteers to match their skills and areas of interest to needs across the Red Cross, the release stated.

According to the release, the system will also enable the Red Cross to better recruit and screen volunteers, which will ultimately allow the organization to have more volunteers trained and ready to serve communities more quickly in times of need.

"This modern volunteer management system will be good for the Red Cross, good for our volunteers and, most importantly, good for the communities we serve," said Gail J. McGovern, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross.

"Volunteer Connection will help mobilize the power of Red Cross volunteers, moving their compassion into action more quickly, and we are grateful for Grainger''s support and commitment to the Red Cross," McGovern added.

The Red Cross now is piloting the new system in 19 communities — 16 chapters and three Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) stations — and will eventually expand it to chapters across the country, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

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