Rebecca Linn, a San Jose resident, works with the Red Cross because it gives her a way to help her community.
“The most appealing draw to me is the fact this organization recognizes the humanity in every single person, and we work to alleviate suffering caused by calamities and disasters,” the 25-year-old said. “It engages you in the community -- you give something away yet take back so much more.”
Rebecca was part of the AmeriCorps program, a federally funded initiative, with a mission to provide local service to community organizations, like the Santa Cruz County Chapter.
Rebecca has spent the past year as a Preparedness Specialist and Youth Coordinator for the Chapter and conducts Community Disaster Education presentations. At a local Easter Seals event, a Red Cross CPR instructor joined her and together they presented a disaster preparedness presentation and hands-only CPR demonstration.
There were more than 50 attendees and she said that experiences like these are so meaningful as they empower others. Even though her official title relates to youth and preparedness, Rebecca also helps with disaster relief operations and went to Yonkers, New York and Long Island, New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy. She said she was touched by the strength of so many people who had lost so much.
Rebecca’s AmeriCorps term ended in July, but Rebecca plans to continue to volunteer for the Chapter while working toward a teaching credential at San Jose State University.