Bonnie Walker, health and human services volunteer for the American Red Cross, began her journey with the Red Cross when she donated blood at a blood drive at her church. She said she asked the Red Cross representatives about volunteering opportunities while she was lying on the table, and she is glad that she did because she said it has been a very rewarding experience.
Walker said the staff was very warm and welcoming since the beginning of her journey, however; she believes the most rewarding part is having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and being able to participate in a variety of events to help the community.
She added that the Red Cross has given her the opportunity to go to events that she has never been to before, such as hockey, basketball and baseball games, and it is a great time to be able to attend these events while helping support the community through fundraising efforts.
However, she also said you have the opportunity to hear stories about how the Red Cross has helped families during times of tragedy and this reminds you of how great it is to be a part of an organization that strives to help make a difference in the community.
Walker said, “It is a fun place to work for and volunteering with the Red Cross has allowed me to give back to my profession since one of the things I do is provide field supervision to social work interns that are part of a master’s program.”
It is now up to you to go out and create your own Red Cross story to share with the world.