March 2018 Volunteer of the Month

Judy Goss told me that when she started volunteering it was to give back, but she quickly realized she was receiving more than she was giving and that’s what keeps her going and expands her outlook. Nominated the American Red Cross-Metro NY North Chapter, we are thrilled to honor Judy as our March Volunteer of the Month and to celebrate everything she does to give back to her community!

Born and bred in Greenwich, CT, Judy recently retired from a 32-year career working at the United Nations. During her time at the UN she worked in several areas, including administration, statistical areas, and her last twelve years were spent in an editorial position. In addition, she is a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich and a member of the Mission Outreach Committee.

Judy has participated in several volunteer projects through her church, including blood drives and joining a group of women from the church that visit older parishioners who are hospitalized and not receiving much attention. Through this group, Judy and other women from the church received training from their minister and began hospital visits. She said that having experienced her mom getting older and being hospitalized she realized that we tend to neglect older people as a society. “It’s a very special time in life and wants to become more involved in the later years of people’s lives. This has definitely shaped the direction I want to go in with volunteering.”

Several years ago, she became involved with a blood drive co-sponsored by faith communities, one being her own church. It was through this blood drive that she was first introduced to Sue Rogers who works in the Volunteer Services Department at the American Red Cross-Metro NY North Chapter. She coordinated this annual drive for three years before she officially registered as a Red Cross volunteer. While she still coordinates the faith based blood drives and is responsible to be there for the whole event, she has also been volunteering whenever needed at Red Cross blood drives for over two years. Since she’s retired now she is able to volunteer for 2-3 events per month. Her responsibilities include working the registration desk or in the canteen, typically a 4-5 hour shift.

When Andrew Sindell, Manager of Volunteer Services of the American Red Cross-Metro NY North Chapter, nominated Judy he shared that she has been an extremely active volunteer since 2016 helping to support many blood drives throughout the Greenwich Community. “She is extremely flexible in what drives and shifts she can cover and is often available to help at the last minute when we are in a bind. Judy always has a warm smile on her face and greets all our donors and makes them feel comfortable.  Since she started with the Red Cross she has contributed over 120 hrs of volunteer service and we are extremely thankful for her dedicated contribution to the organization.”

I asked Judy what she would say to motivate others to volunteer and she said she would encourage people to get involved, even if they think they don’t have the time.  “When I was working I was hesitant to get involved because I thought I would need to make a long term commitment, but there are a lot of one time opportunities and I wished she looked into more before I retired. Your free time will not get taken away, explore your options and choose what works best for you!”

On behalf of Volunteer Square and American Red Cross-Metro NY North Chapter, we want to thank Judy for her outstanding service to the community. Congratulations, Judy!