Honor Their Service: Volunteering with the American Red Cross and Ellsworth AFB
Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us. NewsCenter 1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home.
So in this week’s edition of “Honor Their Service” we’re telling you all about an exciting new volunteer program that’s meant to help the Ellsworth military community.
RAPID CITY/ ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The American Red Cross and the 28th Medical Group are looking for skilled, professional, and passionate volunteers that can help support Ellsworth service members and their families.
Michelle Lewis is the Regional Director for Services to the Armed Forces with the American Red Cross. She says, “we’ve got Red Cross volunteers who are going out and volunteering their time and so at this point there are 4 job categories. There’s a hospital greeter, pharmacy assistant, administrative assistant and then people who are working in primary care.”
This volunteer program is limited to people with base access. The program is mostly looking for retirees or service spouses who want to do something meaningful and give to back to other military members and their families. And so far, they’ve found someone who fits that description perfectly.
Judy Button is the first volunteer in this partnership program. Judy’s husband is a veteran, so this was something that she knew she could make a difference with. “This is just a good way for me to give back to the service people. When they come up, I try to thank every last one of them for their service and for their stand. A lot of people don’t realize how, I mean they don’t, it isn’t something they think of every day that these soldiers, like standing out at the gate, that’s the stand that we are asking them to give our community and across the country,” said Button.
She adds that “working in a professional setting, doing an important job, interacting with the community, it’s just a wonderful example of volunteerism. And I think Judy really demonstrates that. She’s a delightful person and she just brings such a warmth to the medical group and an interaction that was maybe missing and gives her something to do that is also meaningful for her and helping other people. A person who wants to really give back to their community or even actually back to themselves, when they become a volunteer it’s a special feeling inside you and if you don’t know what to do with yourself at a certain time in your life, go volunteer. It’s wonderful. It’s one of the greatest things to make you feel the best that you can. And as we say to the families that we do stand for, is that it’s a privilege and an honor to be part of what we’re doing.”
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this volunteer program or other volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross, click here.