By Mirko Mandic, Red Cross Public Relations Intern
Jordan Tetting has been an AmeriCorps member since September 2012 but she has been a Red Cross volunteer for the past three years. Jordan joined the Red Cross when she was a sophomore at Ohio State, looking for a volunteer opportunity that could get her out into the community.
“There are so many different opportunities to volunteer at the Red Cross that no matter who you are, you can find something for you,” Jordan said. “It’s a great way to get involved.”
She is a part of the First Aid Services Team, in charge of recruiting volunteers, getting them through their First Aid/ CPR training and on to being a part of FAST. She regularly works the Red Cross First Aid table at concerts and sporting events around Columbus.
In November 2012, Jordan was deployed to New York to help out with Hurricane Sandy. She worked with Disaster Services Technology, helping launch a new smartphone app that connected victims with the various Red Cross services they needed.
“It was a great experience,” Jordan said. “I had the opportunity to work with a lot of wonderful people.
Jordan encourages other young college graduates to join AmeriCorps because “it is an opportunity to strengthen skills you already have and allow yourself to grow.”
There is an education award at the end of the AmeriCorps member’s service year, which helps them start graduate school or pay off student loans.
In addition to the monthly stipend, AmeriCorps puts “value on training and education,” Jordan said. “Anything that you learn while you’re in AmeriCorps will help you in your future career because there are so many skills that are so transferable.”
The real reason Jordan likes the program is because of the opportunity he has to be a direct part of the community. This year’s AmeriCorps week theme is AmeriCorps Works.
“I just think that everyone who sin the program really works to make our program reach its goals and get out there and be involved in the community.” Jordan said. “A lot of our members are out there in the communities around Central Ohio, showing people that the Red Cross is there for them, so that when a disaster actually happens they know what to do.”