Story: Young Volunteer at Westmoore High School MARC in Moore, OK

Carlen Liebe is learning at an early age about the importance of helping others in time of need.
The 12-year-old is spending her Memorial Day weekend helping Moore residents access the community resources necessary to recover from the tornado that struck the area on May 20th.
After the tornado struck, her father, Lenard Liebe, who works as a Red Cross disaster officer for Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico, was sent from Edmond, OK, to Moore to help with the disaster relief efforts. 
Carlen and her mother, Lisa, decided to join him as volunteers and were assigned to the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Westmoore High School, one of four resource centers that have been set up throughout the areas affected by last week’s tornadoes as one-stop disaster relief sites. 
At these centers, residents can meet with the Red Cross and partner agencies to get more information on available services as they start the recovery process. 
Carlen’s duties include keeping an updated list of the agencies present at the resource center and directing clients to the different agencies. 
“The best part about volunteering is knowing that I am helping out people that really need help and making sure they get the help they need,” said Carlen.
Her mom smiles with pride as she watches her daughter carry out her daily duties: “She’s been very professional,” said Lisa Liebe. “She’s really stood out.”

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Red Cross volunteer Carlen Liebe, 12, receives instructions from community response worker, Cruz Ponce, a the Westmoore High School Multi-Agency Resource Center in Moore, Ok.

Story and Photo by: Patricia Rojas 

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