I asked my daughter, who was an employee of the American Red Cross, if that was a good place to volunteer. When she said ‘Yes’ I jumped in. Now I am a lead volunteer and work with Red Cross more than 1500 hours each year.
Linda spent much of her life as a dairy farmer's wife, and her connections with Cabot go way back. She married Philip, a young man from a farm family, shortly after high school, and the family milked as many as 200 Holsteins twice a day, every day, for many years on their Vermont farm. Of course, they sent their milk to Cabot. Also the farm where her son currently works is a Cabot Farm. The family ultimately sold their farm located outside Montpelier, Vermont in 1990 because they could no longer keep up with all the work. After selling the farm, Linda moved to Tennessee where several of her children and grandchildren lived. Philip passed away shortly before the move, so Linda started this new venture on her own. Linda has four children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her friend of some 50 years, Shirley, plans to join Linda on the cruise.
Linda started out volunteering one half-day-a-week with the Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is now a "lead" volunteer, which means she puts in more than 1500 volunteer hours with the Red Cross each year. Linda is in charge of staffing for disaster services for her chapter. She is the person who arranges to get volunteers onsite during disasters in the state and beyond. During the great floods in 2010 in Tennessee, Linda was onsite as a shelter staffing volunteer for 12-hours-a-day, every day for three weeks. While she personally works within the state of Tennessee and often finds herself coping with the aftermath of floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, she also arranges for her chapter to deploy people to other disaster areas such as the destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma earlier this year and Hurricane Sandy on the east coast last year.
In addition to being in charge of staffing for disaster relief, Linda is also in charge of Volunteer Connections, a human resource program that allows the Red Cross to communicate directly with its volunteers. And if that weren't enough, Linda also oversees training at the organization's Two Rivers Chapter.