AmeriCorps Service at the Red Cross

Ashley HicksAshley Hicks is a senior at Capital High School in Helena, Montana.

Ashley was an AmeriCorps member with the Young Adult Service Corps for the 2010-2011 school year and will be attending MSU Bozeman in the fall to study nutrition.

"Throughout [my] 300 hours of service, I volunteered many places but the place I volunteered the most was the local Red Cross. I checked donors in when they came in to give blood… and handed out snacks to donors post donation and make sure they continued to feel well and normal. The most important and rewarding part of volunteering [at the Red Cross] was the company and stories I got to hear. I made many new friends. The donors were always ready to talk and I was ready to listen. I volunteered there from September to May and donors came in every 8 weeks.

One man that came in …and [told] me all about his property and an old house that his family had built... So when he came back the second [time] he brought me the photo album and showed me every picture and stayed for 45 minutes sharing his passion about the land when the typical donor stays for 10 minutes.

Another [time] donor s came in, I checked them in and it was their first time donating. They looked really nervous so I talked to them for awhile and told them it wasn’t bad and [that] we had good snacks when they were finished. He told me I talked him into it and he would go through with it because I would be there with snack after. Just taking the time to talk to people changed their day.

Volunteering at the Red Cross showed how willing people were to donate to others, saving up to three lives with every donation. The Red Cross was an amazing experience that proved people are ready to give to one another."

JMGFYoung Adult Service Corps is an AmeriCorps program hosted with the Jobs for Montana Graduates Foundation in Helena, Montana. The Jobs for Montana Graduates Foundation partners with schools and organizations to provide students the opportunity to apply, become enrolled, and count volunteer service at their school and in their community towards a $1,132 AmeriCorps Education Award. Young Adult Service Corps members complete a 300 hour Term of Service with AmeriCorps and program requirements to earn their education award. Learn more at

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