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Behind every Cajun Navy Foundation volunteer lies a story of what drew them to become part of the team. 18-year-old Emily Ritter came to be a CNF volunteer after Hurricane Florence devastated her town of New Bern, North Carolina. She evacuated to Charlotte for a week, feeling powerless and unable to do anything to help.

“So when I saw a post on their Facebook page saying they were in search of social media volunteers, I knew I had to do it,” said Emily. “I expressed my interest, and the next thing I knew I was on a conference call! Now, as a social media team member, I monitor their Facebook pages, spread information and direct people to relief. There’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes too, though.”

On the ground, Emily volunteers at Peace Counseling Center, founded by one of her best friends whom she considers family, Jasyn Griffith. Since Jasyn hadn’t opened her doors for business yet, she decided to convert her office space into a distribution center. Emily’s time there is spent picking up donations of all kinds, unpacking and sorting through them and interacting with their “customers.” She also uses her van to personally hand out supplies in neighborhoods where many don’t have the transportation to get the things they need. They are planning to stay open as long as the need for these items exists.

“I chose to volunteer with the Cajun Navy Foundation, instead of another organization, after seeing how they swooped in to help my town. I have quite a few friends who had to be saved from their homes. The Cajun Navy Foundation was there to help us, and now I’m able to help them. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back,” said Emily.

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