In Haverhill, there’s a seasoned volunteer who wants just a minute of your time.
He won’t talk your ear off. He just wants to tell you a little bit about why he’s been responding to disasters for the past 36 years – and why you should consider it, too.
Jonathan Goldfield, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts, is always trying to recruit new blood, particularly from minority groups in his area.
“They represent local populations that may need Red Cross services,” Goldfield said. “Language and cultural alignment yields better client service delivery.”
Goldfield, the Chief Procurement & Compliance Officer for the Lowell Housing Authority and an attorney for the Goldfield Law Office, has a long history as an American Red Cross Volunteer. He is a Disaster Action Team workforce responder and disaster training instructor who has worked both locally and nationally. He is also an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician for the National Ski Patrol.
He utilizes social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep Red Cross services in front of his friends, family and colleagues, and talks it up at local events.
Goldfield takes the opportunity to explain that local American Red Cross disaster responses throughout the 181 communities of Eastern Massachusetts are up 130 percent over last year. Trained Red Cross disaster workforce volunteers were deployed in record numbers to national disaster relief operations such as the wildfires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma, floods in upstate New York and Vermont, and of course Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
His involvement in the National Ski Patrol has netted a few Red Cross First Aid Station volunteers, and he’s recently been approved to start teaching disaster training in Lowell. Goldfield is always looking to build a bigger disaster response base in Merrimac Valley, and can use your help. To find out how you can become involved, visit www.redcross.org/easternmass-volunteer, email EasternMassVol@redcross.org or call volunteer services at 617-274-5325.