Annabelle Moore, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas Region
Did you know that each American Red Cross Chapter has specially trained volunteers to help communities recover after a disaster? Anyone can sign up to become a Disaster Action Team volunteer to help neighbors affected by disasters.
Neal Chavez has been a Disaster Action Team member for over 11 years. As a Texas Big Country Chapter volunteer from Abilene, he has responded to seven disaster relief operations.
For Neal, serving in the American Red Cross “means that I can, hopefully, brighten someone’s day.”
Disaster Action Team training gives volunteers the skills to support people on the road to recovery after a disaster. Neal has experience in providing meals to communities at American Red Cross shelters.
It is a role which helps him to “hopefully, make a difference in someone’s day and help someone from going hungry.”
Retired from the newspaper business, Neal enjoys serving his local community and others across the Texas region.
“During [disaster relief] deployments you get to meet many people from around the American Red Cross and the communities that you’re serving,” he said. “Everyone is so passionate about leaning a hand and helping others. It gives me hope.”
Interested in learning how to help a neighbor during their time of need or various ways you can help your community. Click here to learn about the volunteer opportunities available in your area.