American Red Cross Always There in Times of Need: Meet a Volunteer Behind our Lifesaving Mission

Emergencies don’t stop, neither does the American Red Cross. To carry out our mission, we rely on dedicated volunteers who are committed to serving others in time of need.    

Let me introduce you to Betty Jumonville, R.N., who for nearly 30 years, has dedicated her life to the service of others as a volunteer with the Red Cross. She began volunteering with the Adams County Chapter in Quincy, Illinois in the early 1990s.  Betty first joined as a board member and Blood Services volunteer and later joined disaster operations as a member of the Disaster Action Team, providing assistance to families affected by home fires and other disasters.  Betty along with her husband, the late Dr. Alcee Jumonville, responded to many disasters locally and nationally, including the Great Flood of 1993.

As a Red Crosser, Betty continues to wear many hats! She has educated families about fire safety through our, Sound the Alarm Campaign. Betty is the Chapter Disaster Health Services Lead and Regional and National Disaster Health Deployment Coach, training health workers who are new to the Red Cross. She is also a Disaster Health Services Instructor, teaching Blessing-Rieman College Student Nurses about the process involved in helping people affected by disasters and have a better understanding of deploying as a healthcare worker.

Through Betty’s experiences with many different activities at the Red Cross, she is able to mentor other volunteers and new paid staff, one of them being myself.  I find her to be a valuable resource because she is always willing to share her knowledge and experience. 

Betty has an inspirational story of help and hope.  She graciously devotes her time to further the Red Cross mission every day. “It sounds selfish, but my Red Cross work helps me as much as it helps others,” she stated.

Thank you, Betty for your many years of service and loyalty to the Red Cross.  Working with you is a privilege.

Interested in becoming a volunteer like Betty?  Visit redcross.org/local/illinois/volunteer to find opportunities to support people affected by disasters big and small.

Written by Red Cross Volunteer, Pam Shaffer

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