Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Volunteer Appreciation Week Story: Emily Goff

During National Volunteer Week, the American Red Cross is celebrating its hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering during emergencies. These volunteers fulfill a wide variety of roles, and here is one of their stories.
Written by: Emily Goff, volunteer

Last year when I was a sophomore in high school, I joined the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. I was excited by an opportunity that allowed me to give back while doing one of my favorite things, writing. As a volunteer with the Communications team, I interview local Red Cross supporters to help share their stories and experiences. These people volunteer at Fort Belvoir, teach lifesaving skills, respond to house fires in the middle of the night and so much more. After speaking with them I write articles to be used on blogs, on social media and in press releases to promote the great work being done by our thousands of regional volunteers.

What continues to be the most striking and humbling part of my role is the fact that I get to learn so much about my fellow volunteers. I've realized that people sound most natural when they’re speaking about their volunteer roles. I have found this to be true regardless of the role. That is why I’m consistently inspired and driven to keep giving back.

In the future, my goal is to become a newspaper journalist with the hope that I can capture both the struggles and the joys of humanity through words. Therefore, my current volunteer work is allowing me to enhance the writing skills that are necessary for such work. I feel truly grateful that I've been able to align with such a fantastic organization, and I definitely plan to continue volunteering as a writer.

Join me!

BECOME A VOLUNTEER Red Cross volunteers give their time to help their community. Sign up today to join their ranks and be part of the lifesaving work of the Red Cross. There are many ways you can get involved. Go to to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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