April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. In celebration of our wonderful and generous volunteers, we’ll be featuring a cross-section of the hundreds of volunteers who contribute time to the SW Washington American Red Cross.
Red Cross: What made you decide to volunteer with Red Cross? Did you look at volunteering with other agencies, and if so, what made you decide on the Red Cross?
Colten: I joined the Red Cross in April 2010 after attending the February Leadership Development Conference. I was on my high school ASB at the time and another officer was a then member of Red Cross. She brought to just one meeting and I was hooked. This April marks two years on the council for me.
Red Cross: What has been your biggest challenge in working with the Red Cross, and what within your volunteer work with the Red Cross gives you the greatest satisfaction?
Colten: The hardest thing I have faced on Red Cross was the initial few months on the council. I am from La Center, the smallest school on the council and one that no one had heard of. It took a while to really take the initiative to get to know others on the council and become a functioning part of the team.
I received the greatest satisfaction when we handed out cookies to the POW division of the Vancouver Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospital. Men shook my hand with tears and gave me the most tremendous thank you for something as simple as a cookie. I felt like all the work we have done as a council, no matter how small, really had been making a difference in the community around us; I just had not realized it before.
Red Cross: Do you have a favorite Red Cross story to share?
Colten: To pick one favorite memory is quite difficult, as I have really come to enjoy my time on the council. I really cannot chose between three.
The first was last years Tea, the seniors were going to leave soon and everyone hung out after the event dancing and laughing together, and talking about memories of the year.
Second is the cookies; the impact we made in the lives of a couple dozen soldiers combined with the hours we all spent together made it one of the most memorable experiences I take from high school.
The most recent memory would be this year’s LDC. As a senior, it was really important to host something people would not forget, and something we were proud of. We not only accomplished that but we trained 60 kids in CPR/First Aid, got the Mayor to stop by, and we made some great videos of youth just being youth. To me, it felt like a great addition to the conclusion of my final months on the council.
SW Washington Red Cross Media Team
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