National Volunteer Week: Spotlight on Yindra Stanley

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. 

Yindra Stanley is a Blood Donor Ambassador who has volunteered with the Red Cross for 11 years, and was nominated by Cherita Early, who had this to say about Yindra:

“In the four years I have worked with Yindra, I can say she is very committed to the Red Cross Mission and follows through on her dedication for being a Donor Ambassador. 

Yindra is a full time social worker who works overnight, but MUST work her two blood drives per month.  This commitment is hard for anyone, but especially a full-time employee who works overnight.  She usually goes to her drives directly from work before she gets sleep.

Recently, Yindra had a knee surgery that required her to go from the hospital to a rehab facility.  She was able to leave rehab on a walker for outings.  She left her rehab to attend a volunteer refresher training in November, less than two weeks after her procedure.  While she was home recovering, she continued to work blood drives….more since she had the time.   

On the morning of January 18th, we had a pretty significant snow event.  Yindra was schedule for a self-contained blood drive.  This drive happens on a bus and must have a volunteer to run.  Yindra did not call me to say she couldn’t make it to the drive.  With her cast still on and under a doctor’s care, she honored her commitment to be at the drive.  She took an Uber in the snow from her home in Delaware County to University City in Philadelphia County.  I offered to pay for her Uber, but she refused my help.

If you look at Yindra’s hours you may think so many more volunteers clock more time, but she honors her 2 drive commitment and is disappointed when there are no drives available some months to fit her schedule.   I appreciate her time and devotion to our mission and her heroic work while she was in a cast and on a walker or cane.” 

Thank you, Yindra!

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