The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
“At the Red Cross I know that my volunteer work will have helped make a difference in someone’s life,” says Janelle Wynn, who works forty hours a month or more assisting Mid-South Red Cross Training Manager Jeana Bailley. Wynn helps to prepare training booklets, keeps track of materials needed for courses offered to Red Cross volunteers, and enters data into the national database where records of all volunteer training are maintained. “After the disaster happens it’s too late to prepare,” notes Wynn, quoting her colleague Bailley.
Wynn first began volunteering for the Red Cross in February of 2012 as part of the shelter team at her church. She is now a qualified shelter manager and also helps with special events such as the annual cards for the armed forces drive and safety house instruction at local schools. She anticipates a future deployment in response to a national disaster. The Red Cross is only one of Wynn’s volunteer activities. She also helps with prison ministry, the mentoring of inmates, is active in her church, and plans future work as a Big Sister. “I’d go crazy if I had to stay at home all the time,” notes Wynn.
Wynn has been married 30 years to her husband Scott, who is retired from the U.S. Navy and now works as a fireman paramedic. As a Navy family, Wynn, her husband and two children lived all over the world. “Memphis was our first and last deployment,” said Wynn, “so, that is where we decided to stay.”
Story and Photo Credit: Robert W. Wallace/American Red Cross