Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer Profile - Tucker Allard

Youth Team Adviser Volunteer

Written by: Tucker Allard, volunteer

About a year and a half ago I realized that I wanted to make a difference in my community. I explored different organizations but always found myself drawn to the American Red Cross. In college, I saw numerous blood drives held every year and met friendly and informative Red Cross volunteers. These are just two reasons why I am interested in this organization and its mission.

I joined the Red Cross as a Montgomery County Youth Team Adviser, and so far my experience in this position has been everything I could have hoped for and more! For those unfamiliar with what Youth Team Advisers do, let me explain. Together with the other advisers, I lead a small Red Cross team in Montgomery County that consists of teenagers ranging anywhere from middle to high school. We meet a few times each month to discuss how we can spread awareness about Red Cross related issues. We also help those affected by recent disasters and reflect on past events. One of our most recent group activities involved making holiday cards for heroes who are fighting overseas and may not get to see their families during the holidays. The advisers and I assist the youth members with almost anything they may need. If the youth need supplies or have questions, then we serve as the intermediary to retrieve what it is they need. If they have any problems, they come to us for a solution. Advisers serve the team to guide meetings and supply ideas for activities based on the theme for the month.

My time with the Red Cross has been very rewarding thanks to all the amazing and generous people I have met through this organization. I enjoy working with the members in my group and the other advisers. I know we are making a real difference, not only in the lives of those who are a part of the group, but also with the other people in our community.

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