Volunteer Spotlight – Amy Smith

Each week during Red Cross Month, we’d like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and help their community.

We’re proud to recognize Amy Smith for her dedication and commitment to fulfilling the Red Cross mission in the SC Region. Amy is the type of person any organization would be lucky to have on its team. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past nine months, she has walked through the doors of the Columbia Red Cross building with an upbeat attitude and a smile on her face.

Amy contacted the Red Cross after seeing a listing for volunteer opportunities online. After coming on board as a volunteer, she also became a blood donor during the annual Boots & Badges blood drive competition at the Columbia donation center.

While having a disability can present additional challenges in many aspects of life, Amy doesn’t let it get in her way of giving back and thriving as a Red Cross volunteer.

“Even though I’m disabled, I still wanted to be a productive member of society, and the American Red Cross gives me the opportunity to do just that,” said Amy.

As a volunteer who provides support for multiple departments, Amy is busy from the moment she arrives until she leaves in the afternoon. A typical day for her begins with scouring area print publications for Red Cross articles and inputting new volunteer information into the volunteer database.

Her next stop is the Human Resources Department where she assists with clerical duties and other tasks as needed.

“Amy is a very important part of our HR team,” said Karen Crumpton with the SC Region Human Resources Department. “She has taken on many projects that we would not have the personnel to handle without her. She is always happy and smiling and willing to do whatever it takes to help us out. She manages our filing, shredding and data entry. We truly are grateful for all she does.”

But Amy doesn’t stop there. She also helps out in the Donor Recruitment Department with sorting promotional items and folding T-shirts for specialty blood drives and events such as the Family and Friends blood drive.

For this year’s Family and Friends drive, Amy used her personal funds to purchase crafts so donors’ children would have a fun activity to do while their parents were donating—talk about going above and beyond!

“I truly am inspired by Amy’s dedication and ‘can do’ attitude”, said Astrida Thomas, HR Manager. “She is very engaged, efficient and a team player at all times. We would be unable to be as efficient and effective in our daily HR activities if it were not for her assistance. We are fortunate to have her as a part of the HR team and hope to continue to have her on our team as long as she is willing.”

Amy is an asset to the Red Cross volunteer program, and she epitomizes what the Red Cross mission is all about—people helping people. We’re grateful for her support and dedication to the organization.

If you’re interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, please visit Redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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