It is National Volunteer Week at the Red Cross and we would like to take this opportunity to recognize some of the volunteers from within our local communities. Over the next week we will feature the stories of 5 selected volunteers which may inspire you to become the next Red Cross volunteer!
Suzanne Nguyen was selected to be a member of the first Red Cross Youth Council in December, 2005, which is comprised of 20 to 25 students from many high schools in the Portland Metro area. Today, she serves as the group’s activities and public relations coordinator.
Suzanne works “to make sure there is a diverse group from all over the Portland metro area. My focus is quality over quantity. I want students who will be accountable.” Suzanne’s canvassing techniques are as multi-tasked as her lifestyle.
A college sophomore attending classes year-around, she has four part-time jobs. In her “spare” time, she goes to malls, parks and coffee shops — “I go where the kids are!” — to hand out fliers and talk to students about Red Cross and the Youth Council.