By Jennifer Astion
Diana Rios started volunteering at the Red Cross in May of 2020. She knew about the Red Cross and wanted to get involved. “I looked on the website and saw they needed temperature screeners for blood drives,” explained Rios. “I got the hang of it. I was working with a nurse in Wenatchee and really enjoyed the service part of it,” she said. Her duties included taking temperatures, sanitizing surfaces, and enforcing mask guidelines. She volunteered throughout the summer of 2020 until she returned to college in the fall.
“It was definitely a really good experience overall. I was trying to help nurses and phlebotomists stay safe. I recommend it to anyone who likes working with people,” Rios noted.
Rios will be entering her Senior year at Washington State University this fall. She is majoring in Neuroscience and her goal is to work as a neurologist with rural and underserved populations. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has a strong interest in serving the Hispanic community.
Her hobbies including exercise and hiking. She visited four National Parks last year, including the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier.
Rios plans to continue to volunteer with the Red Cross, where her Spanish language skills have been helpful during blood drives. “I like working with people trying to contribute to a good cause,” she said.