By Noreen Walton, American Red Cross volunteer
For Chloe Tsang, volunteering with the American Red Cross is a family tradition. The May 2023 San Bernardino County Volunteer of the Month was following in her two older sisters’ footsteps when she joined the Red Cross Club at Eleanor Roosevelt High School two years ago. “I knew how much my sisters enjoyed volunteering with the Red Cross when they were in high school. And I thought, ‘Ah, now I can experience that enjoyment, too.’”
Chloe serves as secretary for her high school’s Red Cross Club. Described as an amazing youth volunteer, Chloe works hard to engage and motivate other youth volunteers at her own high school and at high schools throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. As she plans and hosts mission-related presentations and activities, Chloe gets to do what she loves – helping others. She also gets to meet interesting people, make friends and develop her communication skills. “My first year as a volunteer, I was a little unsure of what to expect. By my second year I knew this was a place where I belonged,” said Chloe. “I have made new friends who I know will remain my close friends in the years to come. I’ve also developed much better public speaking skills.”
Chloe uses those communication skills at events that educate youth volunteers and introduces them to Red Cross humanitarian efforts. The first event she planned stands out in her mind. “It was my first time speaking before a large group. I went from feeling nervous and unsure at the beginning of the event to feeling a great sense of accomplishment at the end,” said Chloe.
That sense of accomplishment is important to Chloe. “The best thing about volunteering with the Red Cross is knowing I get to meet and work with people who are committed to the same cause. It’s a bond that I wouldn’t otherwise have.” Her message to anyone who is considering volunteering with the Red Cross reflects Chloe’s dedication and enthusiasm. “Don’t hesitate, the Red Cross is a really welcoming organization. If you have a passion for helping others, the Red Cross is ready for you.”