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.
Some volunteers prove that there are no such thing as strict confines when it comes to the number of ways you can use your skills to help the Red Cross. Our Volunteer Services Team nominated Robert Pollock, who has demonstrated that there are always new ways to serve. He kindly answered these questions to explain what volunteering means to him.
How long have you been volunteering with the Red Cross and what do you do?
13 years of service. I have previously served on a DAT team and also dispatched on the Bridge. Currently I work in the Restoring Family Links (RFL) program of International Services and I also am part of the Fiscal Review Team.
Why is your work important to your community?
My RFL work helps families separated by conflict and natural disaster to reconnect often after many years.
Was there a significant moment that reinforced to you why your work is so important?
Reconnecting a Vietnamese man here with his siblings in Vietnam separated since the war.
How would you describe how your work as a volunteer makes you feel personally?
When success is achieved, I am very gratified.
What’s your favorite part about volunteering for the Red Cross?
My favorite part is a sense of serving others in need.
Thank you, Robert, for making a difference!