My Red Cross Volunteer Story: Karin Markle
How Volunteering with the Red Cross Helped Me Improve My English and Develop My Career
Written by: Rosalind SE Carney, Volunteer
Karin Markle moved to the US from Bremerhaven, Germany in the early 1990s. Soon after her arrival, she started volunteering with the Red Cross at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. In the Mother-Baby Unit, she helped mothers bathe their newborns, change diapers, make formula, and helped provide discharge instructions. Karin also volunteered in the Family Practice unit, dealing with paperwork. Karin was not confident with her level of English, but she was surrounded by kind and supportive colleagues who never made her feel self-conscious. She never felt like she was a volunteer; she felt part of the team.
During her time at the Family Practice Unit, Karin was able to leave her child in the daycare unit at Fort Belvoir. Unfortunately, once this benefit was eliminated, Karin was worried that she could not continue her volunteer work with the Red Cross. Fortunately, one of the doctors valued Karin’s work so much that he organized daycare for her daughter so that she could continue in the role. Karin was thrilled that he had so much trust in her.