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A Passion for Helping

Maine Red Cross

“When you are out on a disaster response, driving through a neighborhood and seeing someone’s belongings stacked on the street, you are motivated to get out there and you help them,” said Emily Armour, who serves as a Red Cross volunteer in Bangor.

Emily, a recent graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington, started as an intern but quickly expanded her involvement within the organization. “Initially, I joined the Red Cross because of an internship requirement but found such great passion and fulfillment in the work that we were doing in the community.”

Earlier this year, Emily, along with six other Red Cross of Maine volunteers provided relief to thousands impacted by the historic flooding in Houston.  On her second deployment to Texas that month, Emily was responsible for meeting with affected residents and providing them with the necessary supplies on their road to recovery. “Being able to hand out Red Cross teddy bears to children and putting smiles back on their faces was the most rewarding part of the day.”

When disaster strikes, Red Cross volunteers are there to staff shelters, provide meals, ensure people are able to get their medications refilled, provide emotional support and distribute comfort kits and clean-up supplies. “There’s nothing more gratifying than being able to help other people,” Emily said. 

Find out how to become a Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org/me/volunteer