I’ve always loved ideas. The good ones, the ideas that matter, are the best of course. And they are hidden everywhere, you know? Blog posts, podcasts, lunchtime banter, late night coffee sessions. But big or small, loud or quiet; nothing beats a great brainstorming session.
One topic that has echoed on many minds this past year is how the world is changing. And more so, on how to be a part of that. To which most conversation is spent on speaking out on the past. Righting a wrong. Advocating for the injured or lost.
However, I’m here today to spark ideas to build upon our future. For while we are repairing the cracks in our society; we also can create roads leading us to higher ground. And one community asset that I discovered to help this? Was joining as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Where my story starts.
My journey with the ARC started right out of high school. Where I served on multiple national scale disaster relief operations. Now with the advance of technology, virtual positions have opened up. So volunteer commitments can be fixed or flexible depending on the position.
Did you know that about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce is volunteer based? Because the need is there, and it’s waiting for you. Funded completely by donations, this organization isn’t just a resource for the at-risk. It’s an incredible asset for benefiting the volunteer as well.
Currently, I’m a blog writer for the Communications/PR team based at the ARC National Headquarters. And am now locally connected with the Southeast Michigan disaster action team. Which handles local disasters, most being apartment and home fires. But there is still opportunity for me to do more.
My volunteering enables me to give to the community and help those in need. But I am also rewarded with getting to know my community too. Because it’s in that understanding where real change happens. Real situations are understood. And more conversations can be started with ideas that matter.
Write your chapter.
Interested in learning more about starting your own journey with the American Red Cross? Because there are so many ways a person can volunteer! A simple application (with a free background check) starts the process. You can select from a host of different positions that can allow you to enrich your skills, gain leadership experience, have fun, even explore new career opportunities.
There is an urgent need for help in many areas. All while meeting new people and helping your community. And with that, strengthening our nation as a whole.
Special thanks to the #InmarIdeasThatMatter initiative for enabling these community conversations. And it’s donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of this post.