Every month, our Member Spotlight features an exceptionally involved Red Cross Club Member in order to tell their story. Each volunteering experience that is shared helps to make our community that much better.
Diana is a third year Public Health Sciences Major, and is a member of Cocoa Puffs family. 🥳🎉Here are a few words she shared about herself and her RCC experience:
“I decided to join RCC at UCI because I wanted to continue helping people in the best way I can. I also wanted to connect with people that shared the same interests and passions as me such as volunteering and helping others.
Something I enjoyed most about volunteering is knowing the fact that I was able to do something impactful for the community. No matter how little or how big the impact may possibly be, it still makes a difference.
I would say Rodent Little Brother. I did this event twice, one last year and one this quarter. For both times, I was able to connect and talk to other members in RCC and not only that, but we got to see how the cute little mice are in their cages (like climbing like Spider-man or wagging their tails vigorously) and how they interacted with each other!.
A fun fact about me is I don't know how to ride a bike or swim (someone please teach me).”
Brett is a first year U/U soon to be Business Administration Major, and is a member of Trix family. Here are a few words he shared about himself and his RCC experience:
“I joined RCC because I want to help make the world a better place and do it with others who are just as passionate about helping as well.
The parts I enjoy most about volunteering are having a great time with others while knowing you’re helping the world little by little.
Choosing a favorite RCC volunteering event is difficult but it would have to be between Disk Detective, Climate Records, and Boston Phoenix 74 because each of these events allowed me to either see the past or parts of the world I don’t get to see on a regular day.
In my spare time, I like to listen to and play music (acoustic guitar), ride my bike, or watch movies because they all let me distress and put effort into a creative outlet!”
Kiara is a first year Criminology, Law, and Society Major, and is a member of Lucky Charms family. Here are a few words she shared about herself and her RCC experience:
“I decided to join RCC at UCI because I thought it would be a good opportunity to make new friends, especially being a freshman during this time period, and at the same time be able to help make the world a better place through volunteering.
I like seeing the impact on those I help, it always makes me smile when I think about how such a small action can easily make someone’s day. It makes me happy knowing I'm making a difference.
So far my favorite RCC volunteering event has been the penguin watch. Basically we were supposed to identify how many eggs, chicks, and adult penguins were in a picture, and it was entertaining to see the weird images people shared and listening to people add up their points.
In my spare time I mostly enjoy watching Netflix or doing crafts and a fun fact about me is that I lived in Australia for 7 years and was born in Argentina."
Elyssa is a second year Biological Sciences Major, and is a member of Fruity Pebbles family. Here are a few words she shared about herself and her RCC experience:
“I joined RCC because I've always loved helping out with the community, and I wanted to continue volunteering throughout college. After attending the first couple of meetings/events, everyone was super friendly and welcoming; I loved that so much!
I enjoy volunteering because it makes me feel so incredibly happy to know that what I'm doing is helping someone out there. I always try my best to help out everyone that I can, and it is a very rewarding feeling.
My favorite RCC volunteering event so far has been Penguin Watch. I really love animals, so I was looking pretty forward to this event. During the event, I honestly enjoyed counting all of the penguins in each of the pictures that I got. It was a great experience in general since a lot of other people were also sharing their screen and showing everyone what they were finding; we were also helping each other out when we couldn't tell if something was either an adult penguin, a chick, or just a rock. Interestingly enough, there were also other species present in the pictures, which was also really cool to see as well.
I really like to draw in my spare time! It serves as a stress reliever for me, and I usually take breaks in between studying or doing my homework just to doodle something really quick.”
Gabrielle is a third year Biological Sciences Major and a member of Cocoa Puffs family. Here are a few words she shared about herself and her RCC experience:
“I joined RCC to have more time with my friends and to also volunteer more!”
“Making people smile is my favorite part about volunteering with RCC!”
“My favorite RCC volunteering event so far has been Healthbridge Hospital! There was this adorable little girl named Gabby and she was so friendly and despite her condition she still had the biggest smile on her face and I wish I could have half her strength. Everyone there was so strong and it reminded me even if I’m going through it I should still be grateful for all the little things. Seeing their smiles gave me so much hope, and I wish to spread more!”
“In my spare time I love to play League of Legends!”
Amber is a first year Education Sciences Major, and is a member of Trix family. Here are a few words she shared about herself and her RCC experience:
“I’ve always wanted to join the Red Cross Club at my high school because I hoped for more opportunities to help the community out. When I saw that UCI had a Red Cross Club, I was more than excited to join, meet new people, and volunteer more.
My favorite part about volunteering is knowing that you’re making a difference in the community, big or small. I love the feeling of helping out and contributing for a good cause.
So far, my favorite RCC volunteering event has been the Penguin Watch event. We were looking at pictures of penguins to identify the adults, chicks, and eggs. It was super fun seeing the adorable penguins while bonding with other RCC members.
In my spare time, I enjoy journaling, playing piano, and watching Netflix. A fun fact about me is that I’m currently learning American Sign Language!”