National Volunteer week is April 7th – April 13th, which means a lot to us at the American Red Cross because volunteers make up 90 percent of our workforce! Our volunteers are the true muscle behind the Red Cross. With endless compassion and dedication, Red Cross volunteers give us the valuable gift of their time as they help us achieve our mission day in and day out. That is why we wanted to highlight two volunteers from our Eastern Pennsylvania Region every day this Monday through Friday.
Bill Goldsworthy, Executive Director for the NEPA Chapter nominated volunteer, Kate Crowley, who is a Mass Care Regional Program Lead and Regional Training Lead, to be recognized in this volunteer spotlight. Here’s what Bill said about Kate, who has been an American Red Cross Volunteer since 2008:
“Kate is the ideal volunteer. She is constantly giving of her time and talent to our organization. In addition to several formal titles and jobs that she performs for our region, she has been known to give up vacation plans at the last minute to be deployed (along with her husband). She is our “go-to gal” for thoughtful insight and for logical execution of programs and plans. On top of all that she does administratively, she continues to be our main responder to fire calls that come in from Wyoming County. Our region would not be as great without her! ”
Question and answer with Kate Crowley:
Why do you volunteer with the Red Cross? I get a lot of satisfaction out of giving back to the community and helping others locally and on deployment. I’ve lived a blessed life, this is my way of paying it forward.
Why is your work important to your community? Everything I focus on is to make sure that we are as ready as we can possibly be for a disaster. Whether, training volunteers and staff how to run a shelter, or making sure that we have people in positions that can lead mass care activities in their chapter, I want us to be able to provide the best service to communities when a disaster hits. In 2011, my little town was hit by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee within 10 days of each other. In my current leadership role, I want to make a bigger impact to ensure we are ready when it happens again, and we know it will happen again.
What is your favorite part about what you do? My favorite part about volunteering is seeing a new volunteer deploy for the first time. I love seeing how excited they are as I remember how excited I was when I deployed for the first time to Colorado.”