Serving Behind The Scenes

David Haygood

David Haygood is a Vietnam veteran who serves Team Rubicon in Region IX. David is currently on the Solano County Sheriff Aux Communications Support team in Northern California. In his spare time he leads groups of back country skiers and campers in the Sierra mountains.

If you can’t deploy with Team Rubicon to a disaster site, you can still make a difference from home.

Take me for example. In Vietnam 1969, I was exposed to Agent Orange which later in life caused neurological problems. So I seek out less strenuous roles. Making thank you calls to donors is a perfect fit.

I had the great pleasure of being able to call a bunch of people who donated to Team Rubicon in support of the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. My mission was to say thank “you for being in partnership with us.” I quickly learned that everyone has a different reason for donating. Everyone I talked to oozed with pride over how Texans jumped in and did what they could for their neighbors. “We are Texans and we take care of our own.”

Some responses to my calls were humorous: “My boss promised me a bottle of whiskey if I donated $100. I plan to collect this Friday night!” Many were emotional: “My dad was in Vietnam. This is for him.” And the rest were all a bit surprised at hearing from TR. “I’ve donated many times to different organizations and this is the first time someone has reach out to me with a personal call. Thanks for what y’all are doing. You can count on me for future support.”

Not all of us can be on the front line with a rake in our hands, but we can ensure TR’s future success with something as simple as a phone call to a donor.