For any person in a long-distance relationship, finding a way to connect with your partner can be difficult. For Edward McIntyre, volunteering with the Red Cross has given him a chance to be by his girlfriend’s side, Kate Hoferkamp. With Edward living in Red Deer and Kate living in Cleveland, Ohio, the 3,300 kilometre distance can be hard. The one thing that shortens that distance is the volunteer work they both do with the Red Cross.
When Edward began volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross in 2008, he found a true passion and pride in his work. Much of the work McIntyre did was working with impacted individuals after disasters and emergencies and educating families and individuals about disaster preparedness.“Nothing in the world gives you more pleasure than helping people without expecting anything in return,” says McIntyre. “Red Cross is like a big extended family. I found a real home here."
The Board of Directors and Staff of Volunteer Red Deer have been working tirelessly to create an organization that brings increased value to our partners and the communities we serve. Step by step, we’ve built a stronger organization – one that will provide vital volunteer services in Red Deer and beyond for many years to come.
Now, we’re excited to share with you the next step we’re taking forward: a new name and a new logo – we are now Volunteer Central.
Linda Hawley's mother was one of thousands of Albertans who have relied on the Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program. Years later, Linda was on a sabbatical from work and had some time to give. "Red Cross came to mind as when my mother was alive, we had used the program and had been grateful for the wheelchair service," Hawley explained. In June 2012, Hawley began volunteering in an administrative capacity with the program. She greets clients with great enthusiasm and is quick to share her knowledge. To Hawley, working with other Red Cross volunteers is part of the attraction.