My first opportunity to work with Red Cross volunteers was at the 2014 A Taste of River Park event. This fun event provided guests with great food, drinks, and fashion shows. The best thing about this event was that a portion a of the ticket proceeds helped benefit the Red Cross. At this event, I was able to see how the Red Cross in the Central Valley Region came together to work as team. The Red Cross employees and volunteers worked diligently to make sure guests had a great time.
But I want to share a positive experience I had with a specific volunteer and how she saved the day.
A fellow AmeriCorps member, Alex Desiga, needed assistance with three presentations that she had scheduled at a military base. The coordinator at the base needed two children’s safety presentations and a Be Red Cross Ready presentation for adults. All three presentations needed to be done simultaneously so a volunteer and I assisted Alex by presenting Masters of Disasters and Andrew Bashman from the Visalia office presented The Pillowcase Project.
|From Left to Right: Alex Desiga, Elizabeth Barragan, Nicole German, Andrew Basham|
As I went to attend to the distressed girl, Nicole stepped up to the plate and was able to continue with the other children and presentation. I was able to educate the little girl on safety and preparedness on a one on one level, which made her feel comfortable to the point where she was able to joined the other children at the end.
The coordinator and the little girl’s mother were so grateful and pleased with how we handled the situation. I was also thankful to have Nicole there volunteering with me. I know it would have been a stressful situation for me if she was not there.
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AmeriCorps NPRC 2014-2015
American Red Cross Central Valley Region