Thursday, May 7, 2015

Letter from East Tennessee Executive Director Michelle Hankes, May 2015

There’s a story about a group of reporters that were touring NASA before the first lunar launch. One of them walked up to a janitor pushing a broom and asked, “What are you doing?” The janitor smiled and replied, “I’m putting a man on the moon.”

Volunteer engagement means many different things to many different people. For some, it’s how many hours a person might volunteer for his or her chosen agency. For others, it’s what KIND of volunteer activities a person does. Still for others, it’s how much they enjoyed the volunteering. I rather believe that at the very core of engagement is one important question: Do you feel like you can brag about the impact you made?

No matter what you do as a volunteer—answer phones, make disaster calls, teach a CPR class, collate a stack of papers, hand out information at a health fair—you are part of the Red Cross mission in alleviating human suffering. You are part of something bigger than just a single person. You are more than putting a man on the moon; you are saving lives.

The American Red Cross can only deliver its mission activities if it has robust, active and ENGAGED volunteers: YOU.  Every first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. will now be our All-Volunteer Meeting, which will include networking, education, and fellowship, before breaking into updates by lines of services. Please join us!

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