Greenville Volunteer Goes Above and Beyond

When you first meet Parsons, you are drawn in by her welcoming smile and engaging personality…

Like many Red Cross volunteers, Amy Parsons wears many hats. She is the Disaster Action Team (DAT) Coordinator for the Pitt County Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Parsons and her teams are on call around the clock to respond to local disasters like home fires.

Disaster volunteer Amy Parsons assisting residents at a shelter in Kinston NC after an apartment fire displaced 150 people from their homes in June 2013.

Disaster volunteer Amy Parsons assisted residents at a shelter in Kinston NC after an apartment fire displaced 150 people from their homes in June 2013.

Parson also makes herself available to deploy on national disasters when she is able to.  Last year she was in New York shortly after Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast and assisted as a shelter worker.

Parsons regularly helps respond to local disasters and specializes in shelter operations although she is skilled and trained in many other areas of disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Additionally, she goes above and beyond her role as a disaster volunteer by also participating in numerous regional and chapter community events and fundraisers.

“When you first meet Parsons, you are drawn in by her welcoming smile and engaging personality,” said Kathy Jones, Disaster Program Specialist for Pitt, Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties.

Amy Parsons (left) with fellow disaster volunteer Nancy Barletto.

Amy Parsons (left) with fellow disaster volunteer Nancy Barletto.

Her congeniality and genuine compassion for the well-being of those around her are what set her apart from others.  Volunteers, clients, and Red Cross staff that interact with Parsons can expect to feel happy and cared for while in her presence.

“From her early days as an intern helping with fundraising and public affairs, we in Disaster Services are grateful she has found her niche with us,” said Jones.

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