The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross would not be able to do what it does for the community without our wonderful volunteers. On this #ThankfulTuesday, we are shining the light on Kristin Miller, a volunteer for the American Red Cross – Indiana Region since December 2016! She is a Disaster Cycle Services – Community Preparedness Lead and Presenter for Youth Programs in the Greater Indianapolis Chapter and a First Aid Team Member for IU Health Alliance.
- Why did you become a Red Crosser?
I fell in love with volunteering and giving back after going through some personal hardships. I turned to volunteer work to make something good out of a difficult situation. In 2016, an alliance was formed between the organization I work for (IU Health) and the American Red Cross to support the mission, vision, and values of both organizations and enable nurses across the IU Health system to engage in service to their communities as humanitarian leaders. To me, this was a perfect opportunity to combine my love for volunteering and my profession as a nurse.
- What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
As a pediatric nurse, my favorite aspect of volunteering has been teaching the youth preparedness programs. I love interacting with the students in the classroom setting.
- How has your experience impacted you and others?
Resiliency – both for myself and the communities! As an American Red Cross volunteer, I impact the resiliency of a community with every interaction. It is very rewarding to train a new volunteer or student and know that they will teach other community members what they have learned.
Are you a nurse or healthcare professional interested in becoming a volunteer at the Red Cross? If you answered yes, we need you! Click here to learn more about our Nursing & Health volunteer opportunities and networks