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.
Josey Porras, a sophomore at Catholic High School in Memphis, was assigned to work as a volunteer with the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross as part of her high school’s requirement that students participate one day a week in a volunteer activity.
At the Mid-South Chapter, Porras has been working with the Preparedness Health and Safety Services Office where she does filing, computer work, and cleans the equipment used for teaching CPR/AED/First Aid classes. Recently, Porras served as a Spanish translator for Health and Safety Instructor J. C. Graves as he taught CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) to the staff of the Foreign Language Immersion Day Care Center in Memphis.
“The best thing I have done at the Red Cross is to assist J. C. I’ve learned a lot from him while other people are learning. I’ve never done CPR, but now I could do it if I had to,” said Porras.
Porras is from Mexico, where she has a lot of family. She came to Memphis with her parents five years ago; they live with her grandparents and two sisters. Her ambition is to attend college, maybe at Christian Brothers University or Rhodes College, and major in a field related to children such as childhood development.
During her spare time Porras participates as a member of the Peladitas Dance Group, which is part of the local Mexican community. She loves to dance and has placed either second or third place in seven local dance competitions.
At school Porras’ favorite subject is Algebra II and least favorite is English. She finds that she has to spend a lot of time on English vocabulary to get the meanings correct. At home her family speaks Spanish, except the children often speak in English.
Porras also likes to cook and has learned traditional Mexican cooking from her mother. “I like to make enchiladas and all types of tacos with original homemade sauces. They are definitely not Taco Bell,” said Porras.
Story and photo by Robert W. Wallace/American Red Cross
Story posted 3/6/2014