Barbara Skolaski, August Volunteer of the Month, embodies the dedication and hard work of American Red Cross office support volunteers.
Barbara started with the Red Cross in 2003 after retiring from her lifelong job in 2002 and working a part-time job for a year. A friend who volunteered for years with Biomedical Services encouraged her to try out the Red Cross, while another friend suggested a local retirement community. Barb was able to fit both organizations into her schedule. “This gave me the feeling of having a ‘part time’ job,” Barbara stated.
Her work entering data may seem mundane to some, but it is essential to keep information comprehensive and useful. Barb loves data entry and the Red Cross was able to offer that kind of work. However, Barb noted it is the people at Red Cross that make it a real pleasure to ‘go to work’ and associate with such friendly, sincere and helpful people.
Of course her team members at the Red Cross note she is one of their most dedicated volunteers, working about 12 hours per week. “Barbara is kind, caring, and always welcomes us in the morning with a ‘Good morning dear, how are you today?’” noted Dana Pavelsky, Red Cross Major Gift Associate. Although Barbara works in two departments, she is still a steadfast ally when someone needs assistance on short notice. She arranged her schedule to work on a time-sensitive project related to the Typhoon Haiyan response and used her expertise to complete the job. Ms. Pavelsky also noted that, “No amount of nasty Wisconsin weather keeps Barb from her mission of getting here to help us out.”
The fund development team says Barb is a joy to be around and has great insight about the Red Cross. Barb feels that volunteering with the American Red Cross is a wonderful way to give back to the community while providing much personal satisfaction. Thanks to Barb for making our work easier and our days brighter.