The American Red Cross of Santa Monica says it “urgently needs” volunteers to help collect weekly blood donations at the Santa Monica chapter.

Blood services volunteers can be of any age. Typically, blood services volunteers greet donors, act as hosts or hostesses and assist with snacks and refreshments.

Hours are flexible, although the average shift is four hours. Volunteers can work one day a month — or more often if they desire.

Being a blood services volunteer for the American Red Cross is a way for seniors, retirees, adults and even teenagers to provide a service to the community, prepare for emergencies and save lives, organization officials say.

Persons wishing to volunteer in blood services or in other Red Cross activities may contact Tom Viscount, acting director of Volunteers for the Santa Monica chapter, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at (310) 394-3773 ext. 112.

The Santa Monica Red Cross is at 1450 11th Street, near Broadway, in Santa Monica. It is a publicly supported nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts.