This summer I am volunteering with the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter in Denver, Colorado.
The mission of the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
My role for the summer is the Youth Services Program intern. My two main responsibilities will to be plan and implement a two day Youth Leadership Workshop for youth leaders in the Denver area to develop leadership and project planning skills; my second responsibility is to schedule and coordinate Pillow Case Project–a workshop that aims to educate 3rd and 5th graders about disaster preparedness–around the local community.
It has been challenging working in a non-profit corporation work setting without many people in my peer group. The challenging aspects of working with a workforce of volunteers versus employees gives additional challenges. It is a different dynamic working with volunteers– the motivation is different. I hope to learn more about the operations and different services of the Red Cross and I hope to engage more into the culture or recruiting and retaining volunteers and building a spirit and passion for volunteerism.