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Meet an AmeriCorps Volunteer – Eric Herskowitz, Community Preparedness Specialist
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By Emily White, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
 
August 23, 2010

Community Preparedness Specialist Eric Herskowitz is originally from Long Island, NY, and lived there nearly all his life. In college, he majored in Psychobiology and minored in Disaster Studies. It was this unique minor that introduced him to a life of volunteering for the American Red Cross. In New York, Eric joined the DAT team, and had the experience of working in a few shelters in New Paltz during blizzard season.

Eric tells us, “As Californians, you probably do not know how intense these blizzards can get, but the last blizzard in New Paltz closed down all the highways and was about 6 feet high! It gets pretty intense.”  Outside of the Red Cross, Eric also volunteered on his college campus at a crisis hotline, which he says, “Was probably one of my favorite experiences of all time. While working for the crisis hotline, I was able to learn skills to be able to talk to clients who are experiencing all types of stress.  I am a pretty down to earth guy and love talking to people.  In crisis situations sometimes I feel like I am able to concentrate or problem solve a lot easier than in less stressful environments.” Eric says he loves biking, camping, and all sorts of outdoor activities. He says, “If anyone ever wants to go for a ride sometime or go somewhere, I am pretty much always willing! Plus I am new to the area so I will try anything once.” Welcome to the team, Eric! Eric can be reached at herskowitze@usa.redcross.org through June.


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