Stan Rosenzweig and his wife moved to Utah from Stamford, Connecticut, to retire and enjoy the mountains, but Utah has given him much more to do with his time as a very active volunteer for the American Red Cross Utah Region.
Rosenzweig joined the Red Cross shortly after Hurricane Katrina. “I had never given the Red Cross the slightest consideration until Katrina, August 29, 2005,” said Rosenzweig. “I signed up and in September spent three weeks on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, a washed-out bridge away from New Orleans. Working with 225,000 Americans, Canadians and Europeans was so uplifting, I decided that I would continue to help, and still do.”
Rosenzweig was one of 26 volunteers from the Stamford chapter of the Red Cross to deploy after Hurricane Katrina tore through the south leaving stunning devastation in its wake. He signed up for a deployment to Louisiana because he had a special connection with New Orleans. Rosenzweig had built a telecommunications and technology infrastructure for the New Orleans Convention Center. He built a similar system in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Also, he was a telecommunication consultant for the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association.
During his deployment to Louisiana, he and other workers, set up more than 1,000 shelters, served 21 million meals and gave out more than a billion dollars in financial aid to victims of the terrible storm.
In addition to assisting with disaster relief efforts following Katrina, he also participated in relief efforts following the earthquake in Wells, NV in February of 2008, the floods in Northern Texas in June of 2007, and during the Utah Wildfires in 2012.
Large-scale disaster relief efforts are only one item on the long list of responsibilities that Rosenzweig fulfills within the Utah Region. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter, a Public Information Officer for the Utah Region, and serves on the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter Volunteer Committee.
Rosenzweig volunteers so much of his time simply because he wants to and he likes it. He believes the American Red Cross is one of the best places to spend his time.
“I don’t know of anything else I can do that helps so many people with the same amount of effort,” he said.