The American Red Cross Disaster Services Team

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Introduction Throughout the semester, I have been able to volunteer for the American Red Cross Disaster Services Team. This has been one of the most beneficial volunteer opportunities that I have ever accomplished. As an American Red Cross of Georgia Major Gift Officer, this volunteer experience allowed me to gain knowledge in a department that serves as the backbone of the American Red Cross. As a nonprofit fundraiser, it is difficult to truly see the mission that your team raises money for every single day. Fundraisers at the American Red Cross are trained as “sales people,” and before this volunteer experience I had never even been on a Red Cross disaster response call. Throughout the duration of the semester, I was able to gain true insight into the core of the organization and mission. This opportunity allowed me to not only enhance my career at the American Red Cross, but gave me a 360-degree view of the entire organization and the fundamentals of the Red Cross mission. Red Cross Mission and History The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need primarily during times of disaster. The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors (American Red Cross). The organization focuses on five key service areas: 1. People affected by disasters in America 2. Support for members of the military and their families 3. Blood

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