This is one of a series of stories about the 15 nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.
The most gratifying part of volunteering with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross for Tony Dallago is seeing the impact that he and the other volunteers can make on those in need.
According to its website, the American Red Cross relies on donations and volunteers from local individuals and corporate partners to offer its services, which include helping individuals and communities deal with disasters as well as offering support and education to those in need.
“Most people are not prepared to handle that kind of stressors,” Dallago said.
Dallago has volunteered with the Pikes Peak Chapter for 12 years, primarily working with the disaster action team. He worked during the Waldo Canyon fire, and he said his team was especially busy in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood.
The Red Cross works hard to get people going back to normal with their lives.
“The Red Cross helps use training and experience to help clients going through [these disasters] get back on their feet and going forward.”
He said the Red Cross can help ease stressful situations.
This can also be devastating, he said, because some people struggle with the disasters.
“The paperwork is easy,” he said. “But emotions are hard.”
He encourages people to give some of their time to the Red Cross.
“We need volunteers,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent of the people at the chapter level are volunteers.”