Just Try It!

Warren Drell, a former USAF medical equipment technician, volunteers with the American Red Cross.

Warren Drell, a former USAF medical equipment technician, volunteers with the American Red Cross.

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE (April 9, 2014) – Volunteerism takes many forms.  For some, volunteerism may be donating a few hours to help build a home for a needy family with Habitat for Humanity.  It may take the form of setting up a blood drive at your local school or it could be something as simple as you applying your skills and expertise for a worthwhile charity.  Warren Drell knows how to calibrate and repair medical equipment and he volunteers with the American Red Cross.

This week, in honor of National Volunteer Week, the American Red Cross Eastern Region presented Drell with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service.

During his nearly ten years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Drell sought out numerous opportunities to volunteer in his community.  From 2009-2012, for example, while stationed at Ramstein Air Base in the Rheinland Pfalz region near Ramstein Village, Germany, Drell and his wife often volunteered at the Fisher House, a comfort home where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at the military hospital there.

It was during this tour of duty that disaster struck his family as his sister-in-law tragically died in an automobile accident in the Summer of 2010.  The American Red Cross notified Drell of the accident and assist Drell and his family with their travel arrangements to return to the U.S. for her funeral.

Since leaving the Air Force, Drell has volunteered with the Red Cross by periodically calibrating and repairing its medical equipment as well as performing any manner of tasks on his volunteer days.

When asked why he volunteers with the Red Cross and what advice he would have for others considering doing so, Drell said “One of the greatest gifts one can bestow is helping others do what they cannot do for themselves with no expectation of your assistance ever being recognized.  For someone considering volunteer opportunities, I’d say to just try it once.  I promise you that you will receive far greater satisfaction than you ever imagined.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities near you, please visit http://www.redcross.org.


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