PHOENIX (July 19, 2013) – Fourteen years ago, Eric Hillebrandt lost everything to a fire at his Seattle home. After the American Red Cross stepped in to help, Hillebrandt decided he would give back to the Grand Canyon Chapter by volunteering to assist others who have undergone tragedies.
A Phoenix resident, Hillebrandt earned his credentials as an elementary school teacher. He first got involved with the Red Cross while studying at Northern Arizona University. By volunteering, he gained valuable experience that benefited him when he served with the Peace Corps in Africa. He’s now part of a North Valley Disaster Action Team for the Grand Canyon Chapter, responding to emergencies by providing aid for individuals and setting up shelters in affected communities.
“What I like most is that I’m helping people and that they are so grateful,” Hillebrandt said, adding that volunteering is “a serious commitment. But anyone who has a heart to do it can do it.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.