27 Local Volunteers Contribute to Isaac Relief Efforts

I like helping people and the American Red Cross gives me the opportunity to do that. I’ve volunteered many times, and I’d do it again.

Volunteers at the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region have served as the foundation of the organization, donating their time and effort to disaster relief. Their selfless acts allow the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region to minimize suffering for families affected by natural disasters. Most recently, volunteers have stepped up to assist those affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region deployed 27 volunteers for Hurricane Isaac relief.Volunteers lended a hand in several areas including shelter, food, public affairs, physical and mental health services, and client casework.

Jennifer Kurtinitis, Disaster Relief Coordinator for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, organized disaster relief training and deployments in addition to recruiting volunteers. “Our volunteers are a great group of people from all walks of life willing to help the community,” said Kurtinitis.

Grayce Warren-Boulton, Volunteer and Chair of Disaster Services Committee for The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, has a history with volunteering for the Red Cross. In the 1950s, Warren-Boulton’s mother volunteered with the Red Cross in Germany. Warren-Boulton attributes her sense of giving back to her mother who she explains “had an extraordinary sense of social justice.” When Hurricane Katrina struck, the Red Cross was the first place Warren-Bulton thought of to help Katrina victims. She hasn’t stopped volunteering for the Red Cross since. “A lot of us volunteer thinking we’re going to help people and we end up getting so much more back than we gave,” said Warren-Boulton.

Peter Benjamin, also a volunteer with the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, said “I like helping people and the American Red Cross gives me the opportunity to do that. I’ve volunteered many times, and I’d do it again.”