Nearly 96% of our workforce is comprised of Red Cross Volunteers. From helping local home fire victims to helping people across the nation, our Red Cross volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization.
Blanca Gonzalez, Beto & Rita Conde are Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers. Their hearts interest lies in helping local families affected by home fires get back on the road to recovery. At times, families don’t have a place to go, have lost all their belongings, and may only have the clothes on their backs after a fire. DAT volunteers meet with the victims and provide immediate disaster assistance for food, clothing, temporary lodging and other needs.
DAT volunteer might assist victims at 3pm or at 2am in the morning but sometimes they go the extra mile and want to help people across the nation. For example, the East coast to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
These three volunteers can be seen in the picture above in New Jersey standing next to our own Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle. It is this hope on wheels that allows them to distribute much needed supplies like warm meals, snacks, beverages, blankets, personal hygiene items, clean up kits and more. Their daily activities include driving the Response Vehicle down streets greatly affected by the storm to deliver these items to disaster victims.
Some would say what they do is heroic and is seen by all; including the local media who acknowledges their commitment and determination to help others. The image above includes Blanca Gonzalez standing next to Ryan Wolf, Senior Reporter and co-anchor for KGBT 4, holding a Red Cross Blanket up to the camera before Blanca left to NJ. One of the many items distributed to disaster victims during the nor'easter that swept down the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy.