The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to carry out 94% of ifs mission work, but interns also play a critical role in supporting the organization as well. This past summer, Scott Brossart, Kiana Dahlen, Kyle Erikson, Cari Oye and Chris Runge all performed important tasks in the Dakotas Region.
Highlights from the past few months include:
•Delivering over 200 clean-up kits throughout North Dakota to families impacted by overland flooding caused by a prolonged wet season at the beginning of the summer
•Helping develop a visual representation of Red Cross disaster services data in Google Earth, allowing the Region to display material resources during severe weather periods, and quickly show community and government partners where disaster responses take place
•Creating and maintaining a volunteer schedule for the Minot feeding weekends, and coordinating over 260 volunteers to provide mobile feeding to residents continuing to rebuild after the 2011 flood
•Training over 200 children in hygiene health techniques through the youth-based Scrubby Bear program
•Updating old and contacting new facilities to maintain and increase Red Cross shelter capacities in the northern part of the North Dakota
“I’ve learned a lot, and I’m still learning,” said Philanthropy & Youth Summer Intern Kiana Dahlen. “I feel very fortunate to be able to work with an amazing group of people.”
The Red Cross certainly appreciates the level of these students as they gained experience while learning first-hand how the Red Cross works towards its mission of preparing, preventing, and responding to disasters in local communities.
If you are interested in interning or volunteering for the Red Cross, log on to www.redcross.org or call your local Red Cross office for more information.