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Just as the world has been placed on pause, so has life as we know it. For many the cause behind that pause has brought the emotional heartbreak of losing loved ones to the virus. The normal processes that are involved in losing a loved one have become more complicated due to COVID-19, which brings even greater stress.
Volunteer Spotlight: Disaster Services Technology Lead John Hatch
In observation of National Volunteer Week, we are highlighting some of our extraordinary volunteers who serve our communities every day.
Today, communications volunteer Tim Snedden introduces us to Disaster Services Technology Lead John Hatch.
Picture a blood drive, and the equipment used to make it happen. Phlebotomists move around beds with confidence, carefully handling blood bags and needles. Packages of cookies crackle as they’re set down beside water bottles standing in neat formation. These days, American Red Cross volunteers screen donors with thermometers at the door, and masks make smiling with your eyes a necessity. All of these are crucial pieces of gear for any blood drive, but something’s missing from the list.
How about computers? From completing your RapidPass on a tablet, to staff recording your questionnaire answers on a laptop, digital technology is critical for facilitating the mission of the Red Cross. Today we’re introducing you to John Hatch, Disaster Services Technology Lead. He’s the man behind the curtain, so to speak, managing the technological foundation of Western New York’s Red Cross activities.