By: Kate Koebbe
US Army Sergeant First Class Michael Grushinski isn’t busy at all. Really, how time consuming can it be to instruct at Joint Base-San Antonio’s Army Medical Department’s Center of Excellence (MEDCoE), attend to physical fitness and professional development, be a good parent to two young children, manage a household, and be an engaged member of society? Just kidding, of course he has a zillion things going on! And yet, SFC Grushinski makes time for his community outside duty and family hours.
In 2018, SFC Grushinski joined the local Red Cross in San Antonio to help out with a few events in hopes that it may encourage the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen who work with him. “It started off as just helping to hand out some cookies to my Soldiers,” Grushinski relates of his first experience with the Red Cross. “A Red Cross staff member said, ‘hey, I’ve got these cookies, would your unit be interested?’ And who’s going to turn down cookies?” Then he installed smoke alarms during the chapter’s annual Sound the Alarm. Save a life event. He helped sort “Thank-a-Hero” cards for military members and veterans. He promoted volunteering the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Zombie Run. He distributed hygiene items to homeless veterans. “It’s usually no more than a few hours,” he says about the time he’s spent volunteering, “and sometimes it’s pretty fun.”
SFC Grushinski says an added bonus is that his Soldiers see him doing these things. “Hopefully it’s something that will motivate them [to volunteer as well]. If I have the time to jump in and help, others might too.”
Indeed! If you’d like to join SFC Grushinski and find opportunities that are a good fit for you, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer You and your time are worth their weight in gold!