Volunteer of the Month

May 2015: Nancy Johnson

Red Cross Wisconsin - Employee of the Month - Nancy Johnson

Congratulations to Nancy Johnson of Walworth County on being named one of the May 2015 Volunteers of the Month by the American Red Cross – Wisconsin Region.

Intrigued by disaster response activities and clients affected by disasters, Nancy joined the American Red Cross in early 2005. Nancy explains, “Being a military wife and mother, I have found that volunteering has always made life easier. I began by going into the Racine office once a week and helping wherever necessary. When Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast we began getting clients in Wisconsin, and I worked with getting clients settled in the area. When Rita came six weeks later I knew I wanted to go and immediately made myself available. I was assigned to Lake Charles and worked with a team doing disaster assessment. The joy of working with clients in need, meeting and sheltering with volunteers from various places in the United States was very fulfilling.”

Since 2006, Nancy has continued to volunteer with Disaster Staff Services as a deployment officer. Her nominator, Melisa Myers, of Disaster Staff Services said, “Nancy has been a deployment officer for years now, since becoming one region [formerly eastern and western Wisconsin regions] deployment officers have been asked to take on other roles, including further developing our national deployment process. Nancy was asked if she would be able to help reach out and talk to returning volunteers from national responses. Nancy was able to help by contacting volunteers and having conversations with them about their experience, current roles, and future roles. With Nancy's help we as a region are able to help volunteers feel supported before, during and after a deployment.”

When asked about her favorite moment with the Red Cross Nancy explained, “Staff Service has been my favorite part of working with the American Red Cross. Now that I am unable to travel myself I feel that being a deployment officer makes me feel just as much a part of the American Red Cross.”

Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your talents and time with the American Red Cross!

Right now, the American Red Cross has many volunteer opportunities, including becoming a disaster responder, supporting military troops, teaching life-saving first aid and CPR, and many more.

To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact the Office of Volunteer Services at volunteerwisconsin@redcross.org.

May 2015: Jeremy Oswald

Red Cross - Wisconsin - Employee of the Month - Jeremy Oswald

Congratulations to Jeremy Oswald on being named one of the May 2015 Volunteers of the Month by the American Red Cross – Wisconsin Region.

Jeremy joined the Red Cross in 2007. Jeremy explained, “It was a couple of years after the attacks of 2001 and I wanted to do something that served our country, thinking I would go to hurricane sites. It turns out the help I give is much closer to home, right in my community.”

Since starting with the American Red Cross, Jeremy has volunteered with the Disaster Action Team in Bayfield and Ashland counties. With very few responders in these areas, Jeremy is always willing to travel and meet with families after a devastating event, typically taking the lead covering calls. Just recently, he assisted six families in Ashland after their apartment was destroyed by a fire.

Jeremy describes that his favorite part about volunteering with the Red Cross is knowing that what he does helps individuals and families who may not receive support in any other way by being there to get them started on a path to recovery. Jeremy encourages everyone to join as a volunteer of the American Red Cross. According to Jeremy, “It is really easy to volunteer and do something that makes a gigantic difference in someone’s life. You may be scared to do it, to take that step into the unknown, but think about the people that may have just lost their home, they have no clothes, its ten degrees below zero, and you hand them a bag with a toothbrush, soap, a towel, and take them somewhere they can finally get warm and feel safe.”

Thank you, Jeremy, for sharing your talents and time with the American Red Cross!

Right now, the American Red Cross has many volunteer opportunities, including becoming a disaster responder, supporting military troops, and teaching life-saving first aid/CPR skills.

To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact the office of Volunteer Services at volunteerwisconsin@redcross.org.

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