I am originally from Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, I was so impressed with the response of the organization, I decided to join the American Red Cross.
In 2007, an AmeriCorps opportunity opened up at Fort Knox, KY and I was able to stay in that position for 2 years. I loved every minute of it.
The various programs at different locations keep me interested. I volunteered at Ft. Knox with their Helping Hands Program and helped initiate Red Cross youth members. In El Paso, Texas I taught disaster preparedness programs.
I spent 3 years in Stuttgart, Germany, working with the Garrison as the Disaster Services Lead.
Today I live in Tacoma where I am training to become part of the South Puget Sound Disaster Action Team. My goal is to gain enough experience to lead disaster response classes.
I love the mission and vision of the Red Cross, and I always make a point of volunteering everywhere I live. At home or overseas, the Red Cross has made it possible everywhere I have lived so far.
What I get out of volunteering, is the sense of helping others. Every response is a reminder to appreciate the blessings in my own life.