Volunteering as a Community Advocate at one of our 13 Neighborhood Donor Centers is one way individuals may partner with The Blood Center to save lives.
The Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates, a group of volunteers who support the Neighborhood Donor Center, work closely with the manager, Hope Castle-Golston, and her staff to plan and host Community Advocate blood drives, secure donations from community partners, help with office assistance, and find and attend community events to promote their Neighborhood Donor Center. Continuing their tradition, the Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates participated in the Senior Health Fair and the Humble Christmas Parade of Lights this past year. Recently they accepted their award for top in the Motor Vehicle Float division!
Their members are Debbie Swaim, Isabel Torres, Esmeralda Ambrosio, Darla Litton and Jasmine Griffin. Here, Debbie, Isabel and Esmeralda share their perspectives on volunteering. Read the Q&A below to learn a little more about them.
Q: Why do you volunteer as a Community Advocate?
Debbie: I think donating blood is very important! I volunteer so I can help my Neighborhood Donor Center partner with my community to ensure an adequate blood supply.
Isabel: Since I was in high school, I always wanted to donate. Donating blood has always touched my heart.
Esmeralda: It is a way to help out the community. It is something I have a choice to do, and it doesn’t feel like something I’m obligated to do.
Q: What was your most rewarding moment while volunteering for The Blood Center?
Debbie: My most rewarding moment is when I can educate my community at events like health fairs. There are so many misconceptions which I try to dispel. I also like attending the parade every year!
Isabel: Having a relationship with the donors and seeing them come back for our drives.
Esmeralda: Seeing the quantity of people who attend our blood drives. Seeing that people care about others, and are willing to save lives.
Q: What type of volunteering experience would you like to have in 2016?
Debbie: A great one!
Isabel: I would like to volunteer more in different areas, like administrative things.
Esmeralda: Volunteer at a mobile drive or help out at other drive locations.
The Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates are a group of volunteers who meet the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Humble/Kingwood Neighborhood Donor Center. Learn more about saving lives as a Commit for Life volunteer.