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Monday, December 05, 2005

Red Cross Bolsters Minority Outreach (Katrina)

The human tragedy of Hurricane Katrina continues to unfold as much of Americans continue with their day to day activites. As most volunteer organizations continue to due an outstanding job given the resources and lack of training they recieve, an interesting article in the Washington Post concerning the Red Cross and its ability to recruit minorities caught my attention. Being a minority, its rare that I see volunteer organizations at our schools or churches but this article was several interesting points:
  • According to the organization's most recent survey, 5 percent of its volunteers are black, 2 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are of Asian origin. Recent data show that black people make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, Hispanics about 14 percent and Asians about 4 percent.
  • "We've got to build a lot of bridges to these [minority] organizations," she said. "We need to take this window of opportunity and open it as wide as we can and invite in as many people as we can."


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