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Karen Kendra Holmes: My Volunteer Activities

The easiest thing I can express is the definition of volunteering and what it means for me. The definition of volunteering isn't just a text-book definition. It's a feeling deep in my soul and it runs through my veins like blood that gives me life. It's the joy I feel when giving a transfusion or bone marrow to help save lives. It's my hope that my volunteer services will contaminate others into volunteering their services to provide life-giving and life-saving services so that others may have a better quality of life.

I have been volunteering since 1989. I'm not sure what changed in my life that infected me with this life-giving and life-saving bug, but this bug I welcome with open arms. Since then, I seek opportunities to help others or organizations that need my help. Volunteering is not only a part of my life, it's who I am.

Karen Kendra Holmes' Volunteer Activities

Metro DC Pflag—Washington, DC ( January 2014 – September 2016 visit website )

The Maryland Defense Force—Reiserstown, MD ( October 2011 – January 2017 visit website )

  • CPL ( December 2009 – December 2011 )
    Activity: Wreaths Across America - Color Guard detail presenting the colors as volunteers lay down wreaths.

Medical Reserve Corps – Prince George's County, MD—Prince Georges, MD ( January 2010 – January 2015 visit website )

Habitat for Humanity—Georgetown, DE ( July 2017 – July 2017 visit website )

Equality Maryland—Columbia, MD ( January 2013 – January 2014 visit website )

CERT - Community Emergency Response Team—Prince Georges, MD ( April 2009 – Present visit website )

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Prince George's County—Prince George's, MD ( January 2009 – Present visit website )

Park Police Volunteer Association for Prince George's County—Riverdale, MD ( April 2003 – April 2010 visit website )

NorthStar Global Response—Bethesda, MD ( May 2012 – October 2012 visit website )

Amercia Red Cross National Capital Region—Silver Spring, MD ( June 2008 – Present visit website )

  • Box Truck Driver ( October 2016 – October 2016 )
    Activity: Drive the Red Cross Box Truck to First Aid Station 7 & 9 with medical supplies.
  • Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Driver ( September 2017 – October 2017 )
    Activity: Responded to Houston, TX for Hurricane Houston. To feed the families in Texas City, TX lunch and dinner out of the ERV.
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