Newly-assigned Community Chapter Executive for the unit of the American Red Cross spanning Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland Counties, Daughtry Hopper considers the nonprofit organization her “home.”
The Durham native and Bessemer City resident said she could not be happier to return to the agency she left three years ago.
“I am so excited to be back,” she said. “It feels like I am home.”
From 2004 to 2010, Hopper volunteered as Director of Community Support for the organization’s chapter location in Gaston County.
In July, she assumed the executive leadership role, she said.
Immediately upon taking on the position, Hopper found herself dealing with the region’s unprecedented flooding disaster.
Through working with local Red Cross staff and volunteers, she was able to offer Lincoln County residents a temporary shelter at Lincolnton High School during one of the many days of extreme downpours.
She praised the area team for their disaster assessment and assistance to local citizens in need.
“We have such a great team of staff and volunteers in Lincoln County,” she said.
Hopper hopes through her new position she can continue to achieve the nonprofit’s primary goals for “exceptional Red Cross services to the community,” she said.
She intends for the organization’s three-county region to continue carrying out blood drives and implementing disaster-preparedness training and education and also wants officials under her to continue supporting and working with members and family members of individuals in the United States Armed Forces.
“My goal is to ensure we have the support from businesses and individuals to continue these programs so that our communities are ready and prepared for disasters,” she said.
In recognition of September being National Preparedness Month, Hopper will be out and about, assisting other Red Cross officials with educating churches, neighborhoods and schools on how to “Be Red Cross Ready,” she said.
Whether it stems from a need for blood or recovery from a fire, flood or other weather-related incident, Red Cross assistance is volunteer-led and “touches everyone in the same way,” she noted.
Hopper’s passion is centered on the nonprofit world and teaming up with others to make differences in the community.
“The strength of teamwork, partnerships and collaboration is incredible,” she said.
“I love the camaraderie of working with other agencies and feeling connected.”
While her office will be located in Gaston County, Hopper has no doubt she will make frequent appearances in Lincoln and Cleveland, too.
“I will be available and visible,” she said.