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Nice to Meet You: Nathan Woodruff


The American Red Cross is 90% run by volunteers, something we're proud of as an organization. Not only do we get to serve others, but we also get to help our volunteers meet their personal service goals. A volunteer application starts with volunteer services. They work tirelessly to ensure that volunteers are placed with the teams that will best fit their skills and needs. Since this is National Volunteer Week, we want to highlight a member of our region's volunteer services team - Nathan Woodruff, Senior Volunteer Engagement Specialist.


Q: What does your title mean?

A: I'm a senior volunteer engagement specialist within the volunteer services department. In general, my job is to support volunteers to success and to work with Red Cross departments and lines of service to understand the importance of supporting volunteers to success. We want every volunteer to be happy and fulfilled with their work. My job continues to evolve and grow as volunteer needs for different areas of the region change.


Q: How long have you been with the Red Cross?

A: I started with the Red Cross as a Volunteer 13 years ago, and I was hired 12 years ago.


Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I like being helpful to my colleagues and to our many volunteers across Iowa and Nebraska.


Q: What do you listen to during the workday?

A: I am a big fan of folk music and jazz music.


Q: What do you do when you aren’t working?

A: I walk. I play the guitar. I read, and I write.


Q: What is the first thing you want to do when the pandemic is over?

A: I look forward to sharing meals with those I love and care about.


Q: What has most surprised you while working with the Red Cross?

A: I continue to be surprised by the amount of and volume of change throughout the organization based on the needs of our clients in these ever-changing times.


Q: What is a Red Cross moment that has stuck with you?

A: Generally, how well-meaning people are in situations.


Q: What do you wish people knew about working at the Red Cross?

A: It is challenging. I enjoy my job, I enjoy and appreciate working with the Volunteers I work with.


The Red Cross may have the perfect volunteer opportunity for your skills, schedule and interests. Learn more here.

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