Samantha Alvarez has been with the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois for over four months. Samantha grew up in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Her dad, who was also born in Chicago is of Puerto Rican descent, and her mother immigrated to the United States from Honduras 30 years ago.
Samantha’s work as Lead Development Specialist for Foundation and Individual Giving involves providing support with donor relations, particularly with the Tiffany Circle. Her work with the Red Cross is close to her heart, “…all the work that the organization did to provide relief to Puerto Rico spoke volumes to me, and when the opportunity arose, I was like, this is the place that I definitively want to be a part of…that’s what motivated me to join the Red Cross.”
As we begin talking about Hispanic Heritage Month, Samantha’s face lights up. This month, she explains, means a lot to her. “…having this month to recognize Latinos and recognize the impact made is something that I just have so much pride in…this month signifies so much for me as a Latina, to celebrate all that we have done, all that we’ve accomplished, all that we have overcome, and all the work that we hope to do,” says Samantha.
As a Latina and as a Red Crosser, Samantha considers that it is her responsibility to let others in the Latino community know about the work of the Red Cross and what the organization does. She believes that it’s through education and empowerment that communities can make strides.
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Story written by Isis Chaverri, Regional Marketing & Communications Manager