Thursday, January 19, 2012

Resolve to Save the Day

Resolve To Save the Day!
On any given day, volunteers accomplish more than 90 percent of the American Red Cross mission and are truly the heart of the organization. Over the next few weeks, we'll celebrate some of the selfless individuals who spend their precious time teaching others and bettering their hometowns through a spirit of giving. Some resolved years ago to get involved and some have recently joined —finding there is a spot for everyone in the Red Cross. 
There is still time for you to make a New Year's resolution to save someone's day when they need you most. If you are interested in getting to know the us and how volunteers drive our mission, click here to save the day!
Name: Catherine G. Dikes, Ed.D
Title: Disaster Volunteer Training Coordinator, North Texas Region – American Red Cross
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have a doctorate in educational leadership and extended experience in the Texas education system.
What Red Cross classes have you taught or are you teaching?
I've taught the New Employee and Volunteer Orientation in the past and soon will co-facilitate the Disaster Instructor Specialty Training (DIST) class for those interested in becoming American Red Cross trainers themselves.
What led to your becoming an instructor for the American Red Cross?
Since 2009, I've been actively involved in the Chisholm Trail Chapter in Fort Worth, TX, as the volunteer disaster training schedule coordinator, client caseworker, and co-canteen driver. This volunteer experience is rewarding because there are numerous opportunities available for any volunteer to use their experience, skills, talents and education in helping others who need our services.
What message would you give to others about the American Red Cross volunteer experience?
I encourage anyone interested in giving of their time and talents to the community to contact the American Red Cross.

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