Volunteers constitute about 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. Volunteers make it possible to respond to an average of more than 62,000 disaster every year throughout the country, most of them home and apartment fires. The Central and South Texas Region (CSTR) is home to countless selfless volunteers who amplify the mission of the Red Cross through their various roles. Each quarter CSTR recognizes the efforts of our volunteers by selecting a volunteer of the quarter.
Across our 80-county region, we received 19 nominations, and the selection committee included team members from all chapters and lines of service. The nomination pool was filled with spectacular volunteers, the committee decided to recognize two volunteers this quarter.
Congratulations to Ed Duchac & Carina King for earning the coveted Volunteer of the Quarter award. Please read below to see what their nominators had to say:
“Ed Duchac is a committed volunteer who embodies the mission. He has stepped up both locally and nationally to support the Red Cross. Ed has been an amazing part of our volunteer team. He brings leadership skills, wisdom, and humor to his work with volunteers and staff. In addition to his deployments to Hurricane Harvey, the California Wildfires, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael and most recently to Hurricane Dorian as LSAP Lead, Ed has also strengthened our chapter by taking on various roles including Chapter Logistics Lead, Duty Officer, Regional LSAP Lead – and many more! Ed’s tireless dedication to the mission is demonstrated by his willingness to respond to local disasters, work in the office, head up local logistics and onboard our new Disaster Program Manager. Ed is an all-around team player and great asset to the Red Cross.”
– Nominated by Executive Director, Tracy Austin
“Carina has volunteered as a DAT member for over a year and has worked her way up to DAT Captain. In addition to being on-call 24/7 for DAT, she also helps out with community tabling events and will help where ever and whenever asked, including learning how to teach the new DAT classes! She has recently taken on the DAT Duty Officer role, in addition to being on-call for DAT calls. This means she answers the DAT Phone 24/7 when it rings, confirms fires with local Fire Departments and then coordinates the volunteers to deploy to the fire. In addition to this new role, she is also learning how to be a Caseworker so that she can help with the follow-up calls to those clients that have lost their homes. She is an incredible asset and our Team is so lucky to have her support!”
– Nominated by Disaster Program Manager, Tracy Beach &
Disaster Cycle Services Volunteer Demond George
To learn how you can volunteer with the Red Cross, visit http://www.redcross.org/volunteer.