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The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer force with nearly 100 million volunteers in the international Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. In America, the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters each year, including house and apartment fires, and a wide range of natural and man-made disasters. Here in New Hampshire, hundreds of volunteers stand ready to help with everything from blood drives, to swimming lessons, to offering comfort and shelter during an emergency.

Countless lives are touched by the Red Cross each year thanks to the thousands of volunteers who step up to offer their time and talents to help their neighbors and communities in times of need. Volunteers are the life blood of the Red Cross, and so we have decided to introduce some of them in a new Blog feature we’re calling Volunteer Spotlight. These monthly items will focus on one of our outstanding New Hampshire volunteers and talk a little bit about both their backgrounds and their experiences as a Red Cross volunteer. Today, we want to introduce you to Penny Buros, a volunteer for the New Hampshire Region.

Penny is the Volunteer Management Lead in the Volunteer Services department of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Red Cross. Working out of the Nashua Red Cross office, Penny is a former office manager for Nashua Pediatrics and the former Marketing and Membership Director of the greater Nashua area Girl Scouts, where she also served as Adult Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator, and helped to train First Aid/CPR/AED instructors.

Penny is the Volunteer Management Lead in the Volunteer Services department of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Red Cross. Working out of the Nashua Red Cross office, Penny is a former office manager for Nashua Pediatrics and the former Marketing and Membership Director of the greater Nashua area Girl Scouts, where she also served as Adult Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator, and helped to train First Aid/CPR/AED instructors.

With 15 years of Red Cross volunteer experience, Penny enjoys the opportunity her position gives her to meet and work with a variety of interesting people.  She also is excited by the opportunities to learn new skills. Currently, she is training to become a Red Cross Disaster Workforce Administrator to help with staffing during disaster events, a position she became interested in after helping to arrange staffing during hurricanes Nemo and Sandy.

Penny worked her first Red Cross blood drive when she was a teenager. Retired now and volunteering three days a week in the Nashua office, she enjoys working with people across the state to coordinate volunteer needs and activities, and is known for her unflappable and constantly upbeat personality.

“It is this enthusiasm that I try to get across to any new volunteer I interview or anyone who asks me about my role in the Red Cross,” she said. “We all work like a web that is interconnected with a variety of talents and resources and held together by a common bond of caring about helping out another human being.”

So check back often to learn why volunteers are so energized by the work they do in support of the Red Cross mission. Who knows, you just might see somebody you know.

Volunteer Opportunities

The American Red Cross depends largely on volunteers like Penny who are trained to help prepare their communities for emergencies, teach  lifesaving skills, connect families or simply lend a helping hand to their neighbors in need.  In return, our volunteers receive fulfillment, enrichment, gratification and a renewed spirit of belonging and giving.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area, go to the American Red Cross of New Hampshire website or download the Team Red Cross app. Each year, more than a million Americans work as Red Cross volunteers. Join Team Red Cross and discover how you, too, can make a difference.