“It’s very fulfilling and the people are wonderful,” Goldfield said. “It isn’t all glamorous when running a shelter. It has minimal lights and long hours, but it is gratifying.”
Goldfield’s New York stint is his first disaster relief mission in 10 years. He took that hiatus from disaster work to focus on work and family. Previously, he was a member of the disaster relief team in the north of Boston area and also served on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts.
“I’ve responded to many fires over the years and flooding and Nor’easters that have taken place,” he said. “We helped people with food, medication and other essential needs.”
Volunteers notify the Red Cross of the days and times they are available to help out during emergencies and are called if there is a need for them. Goldfield has been everywhere from three-alarm fires in Boston to major storms along Cape Ann.
While Goldfield was on the 10-year hiatus, he still did seasonal events such as working at the Red Cross station at the Boston Marathon or the Head of the Charles Regatta. It’s not something he considers work. He enjoys doing it.
“I still can picture the smiles of a lot of the people I’ve helped over the years,” Goldfield said. “You can also make friends there that can become lifelong friends, which excites me.”
Goldfield encourages everyone to get involved with the Red Cross and said there is a position in the organization for everyone.
“There are many different specialties, and the Red Cross will train you in everything you need to know,” he said. “It’s just an opportunity for everyone in any walk of life to take their skills to help out.”