Daily Point of Light # 2884 Feb 23, 2005

Cathy Perfecta Walters has been a Cahves County RSVP volunteer since April, 1998. She has accrued over 5600 hours of service to the Roswell Community, the state of New Mexico and nationally as the Disaster Chairman for the Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross. These hours do not include the time she has been in Florida helping with hurricanes that ravaged the state this summer. She arrived to help the victims of “Charlie” and stayed on to help with “Francis”. It appears that Cathy will be on hand for “Ivan”, as well.

During 2002, Cathy helped with several fires in New Mexico. She was the Trap and Ski Fire, the Kokopelli Fire and The Pinasco Fire. In 2004, she assisted with the Pepin Wildfire in New Mexico. She was a caseworker for the floods in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a caseworker and mass caregiver following the flooding in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Cathy goes wherever there is a need.

She is an instructor for Adult, Infant, and Child CPR. For three (3) years Cathy has participated in Super CPR Saturday in Roswell, New Mexico. Additionally, she helps each year with the American Red Cross’s largest fundraiser, selling roses. Not only is she a volunteer for them, she also is a board member for Lend-A-Hand, Inc., a member of the Chaves County RSVP Advisory Group, and a Eucharistic Minister for St. Peter’s Church doing prison ministry.

For four years Cathy helped package and distribute food for the St. Peter’s Good Samaritan Food Program. During that time period, she worked 399 hours helping the hungry receive the food, medicine and clothing they needed.

Last, but not least, Cathy worked in the RSVP office as a volunteer doing clerical work. Her help in the office, on the RSVP Foundation and as a board member on the Chaves County Advisory Group resulted in 513 hours of service to that organization.