August 5th is Blogger Day, Meet the Red Cross Philly Blog Team!

By: Marta Rusek

Most of the articles that appear in our blog for the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania are written by our talented team of volunteers. On Blogger Day, we’d like to introduce our dedicated blog writers and share why they volunteer for the Red Cross, plus some fun facts about them!  

You can learn more about volunteering at redcross.org/volunteer.

Sam Antenucci  

I decided to become a volunteer with the Red Cross after my first blood donation. Being afraid of needles, I was very nervous for my donation, but everyone made me feel so comfortable and welcomed during my appointment, I knew I wanted to do more! I loved writing, so Red Cross gave me the opportunity to become a blogger.  I was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, so getting the chance to volunteer has been a wonderful way for me to give back to the Philly community and meet amazing people along the way. 

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Kevonne Bennett 

I began volunteering with the Red Cross to stay productive during the stay-at-home order. I thought it would be a great way to develop my writing skills while contributing to a good cause. My first experience with volunteering was planting trees with my classmates in middle school. 

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Maria Marabito 

I started volunteering for the Red Cross because I wanted to contribute and do something good during the pandemic. I felt so helpless at the start of it but volunteering has made this feeling begin to go away. The Red Cross makes it very easy and safe to volunteer, which I am grateful for. 

Fun fact: I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. Loved it! 

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Marta Rusek  

I decided to volunteer with the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania because I was looking for a new way to use my writing and public relations skills for good, and I met a member of the Red Cross team at a nonprofit job fair who made the volunteer community sound like something I really wanted to be a part of! Before I became a blogger for the Red Cross, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia in West Africa, and I worked in Sesame Workshop’s international division in New York City (being co-workers with Elmo and Grover were my favorite office perk).  

In addition to being a member of the Blog Team, Marta also serves as SEPA’s Blog Lead. 

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Sukripa Shah 

Working as a Red Cross Southeastern PA Communications Volunteer has provided me with a robust  platform to engage with like minded individuals who share a passion to help and spread positivity through the art and power of writing. I am always learning something new on my writing assignments that has tremendously helped me in my professional career. Recognizing the impact volunteers have on other individuals’ day to day lives through their inspiring, selfless contributions, and being able to articulate their stories through writing is a unique experience that I recommend every aspiring communications professional should engage with. Not only that, my volunteer experience has boosted my leadership skills and introduced me to newer opportunities that compliment my professional development.  

Sukripa is also SEPA’s Volunteer Engagement Lead. 

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Judith Weeks 

I volunteered for the American Red Cross in 2005 and was deployed to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. I was so impressed with the Red Cross and how it was able to operate with volunteer leaders in a clearly fluid and often chaotic situation. I have continued as a Disaster Responder deployed to San Diego Fires; Kansas, Wisconsin, and Baton Rouge Floods; and local fires and disasters in the Central New Jersey Chapter, Delmarva Chapter, and now the SEPA Chapter. I am now using writing skills I learned as a senior marketing manager for major life sciences companies, and my 15 years experience to tell the American Red Cross story about its dedicated volunteers and humanitarian service it provides to those in need. 

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