Grainger, Inc. Donates $3 million to American Red Cross
for New Online Volunteer Management System.
Next-generation system will better match volunteer
interest with needs.
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.
The online system, called Volunteer Connection, will
allow new volunteers to match their skills and areas of
interest to needs across the Red Cross. It also will
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.
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 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.”
Both the American Red Cross and Grainger are in the
business of meeting urgent needs. Grainger has thousands
of products that help businesses and communities
throughout all phases of the planning and execution of
readiness plans. Grainger also is the national founding
sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes program, which
recruits and trains the employees of local businesses
and organizations as disaster responders. The program
has trained more than 14,000 volunteers from 460
companies in 52 communities since 2006. Grainger and the
Red Cross were recognized last year with the 2011
Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Partnership by the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership
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