Hello everyone! My name is Paul Fruit and I’m the Regional Logistics Specialist for the American Red Cross. I’m excited to be able to share a little bit regarding my continuing career evolution within this remarkable organization and how I ended up in my current position, as it has been one amazing journey.
I grew up in a little town outside of Madison, and graduated from UW-Madison in 2009 with a degree in Economics. Having absolutely no real idea as to where I wanted to begin my career, and willing to explore a wide range of options, I was particularly intrigued by an AmeriCorps service listing with the Red Cross in Oshkosh to help provide service and support to military members, their families, and the VA facilities that support them. Knowing very little information about the Red Cross, I dove in headfirst and was quickly exposed to both the wide array of humanitarian services this organization provides, as well as the incredible volunteers that support them. All I can say is that it was love at first sight!
My experiences as an AmeriCorps member were enough for me to know I wanted to stay with the Red Cross in any capacity I could, and when my two years were up, I accepted a position in Appleton working with a local community program and managing the local office. I continued in this role for two more years before accepting my current position in disaster services, a position I very much enjoy. I’m responsible for material resources and volunteers that support 28-counties including vehicles, shelter trailers and warehouses.
Each and every day, I wake up knowing that our organization has the most dedicated, intelligent, and caring volunteers on the planet, and I’m lucky enough to be able to work and engage with them on a daily basis as we continue our mission. The last 4+ years have been the best years of my life, and I look forward to many more!