Born in Illinois and raised in Mexico until the age of 12, Isamar Moctezuma came to the Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois two years ago. As Senior Recruitment Specialist for Volunteer Services, Isamar is responsible for recruiting new volunteers and bring awareness about the American Red Cross.
For Isamar working for the Red Cross was a natural choice, “Something that appealed to me in the Red Cross is that we train our volunteers to take the services that we have and trainings that we have and share them within the community…helping to build stronger communities.”
Isamar is also a member of the Red Cross Latino Outreach committee, and as part of this effort, she helps educate the Latino community about the Red Cross and the services the organization has to offer.
Being able to speak Spanish has allowed Isamar to bring comfort to people affected by disasters as was the case with evacuees from Puerto Rico arriving in Chicago. During her second week with the Red Cross, Isamar was one of many Red Cross staff and volunteers providing comfort and information to those who came to Chicago seeking refuge after Hurricane Maria, “ It was very impactful to see what the Red Cross does by being there, supporting them,” remembers Isamar. Adding that just being able to communicate with someone in Spanish meant so much for the evacuees after being through such a stressful event in their lives.
At the end of our interview we talk about Hispanic Heritage Month, and the importance of this celebration for her. I am not surprised when Isamar reminds me how proud she is of her Latino roots, and all that Latinos have overcome and accomplished. She concludes by encouraging other Latinos to get involve with organizations like the American Red Cross to help their communities better understand of the mission of the Red Cross.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the American Red Cross, you can find more information here.
Written by Isis Chaverri, Regional Marketing & Communications Manager