Tell me what you do for the Red Cross.
Years ago, I (Annaliese) started with WSYL (We Speak Your Language) as a German translator and then Bill and I were disaster volunteers and helped out at other big American Red Cross events like the golf scramble and the Gatsby Ball. Now we volunteer at the blood mobiles and the Donoramas, and I volunteer about twice a week at the East End fixed site. I work in the refreshment area and Bill works as the greeter.
What is the most interesting aspect of your job duties with the Red Cross?
I enjoy meeting all of the wonderful people. All of the volunteers and employees at the East End feel like an extended family and I would say that 99.9% of all of the donors are absolutely wonderful! The happiness you get out of volunteering is incredible, although I’ve always said if you go in happy, you will come out happy.
Why do you volunteer?
When I first moved to Louisville, I got very ill and spent 30 days in the hospital. We had wonderful neighbors that helped take care of my family and me, and I volunteer now to give back to the community what the community gave me in that time of crisis.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering for the Red Cross?
What does it mean to you to be a Red Cross volunteer?
It means happiness and the joy we get from helping out and meeting new people.
Why did you decide to volunteer for the Red Cross, and how long you have been a volunteer?
What has been the most memorable thing you have seen working with the Red Cross?
Thank you Annaliese and Bill; we're lucky to have you as Red Cross volunteers! Are you interested in volunteering on blood drives in Kentuckiana? Visit www.redcrossblood.org