It Takes a Community

Posted under: community, health.

I recently joined the American Red Cross as a volunteer. I have been in Illinois for several months and will continue to be for an undetermined amount of time before I return home to Maine. I’ve been looking into several charity and humanitarian organizations in which to volunteer while I am here. I always felt that the Red Cross was a really great organization–particularly when it comes to aiding in disaster relief–and decided I really wanted to be a part of it. I applied online, took a couple online courses, and interviewed with a Pam, the gregarious and vivacious volunteer specialist in the South Central Illinois Chapter located in Decatur.

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I was surprised to find out how many different types of volunteer opportunities there were for the Red Cross; however, I am especially interested in working in disaster services (which I was told needed the most help). Until this past week I haven’t done anything besides go to the weekly meetings. Kirk, our volunteer leader, has been helping me get familiar and acclimated to the processes. At our meeting this past Monday he invited me to go down to Kincaid on Wednesday with him and another volunteer, Bruce, to assist in day-long program helping flood victims of Kincaid gain access to various resources. I was thrilled to go help, and I rescheduled my doctor appointment I had scheduled for that day. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (1) Jan 17 2016