Nearly two dozen local American Red Cross volunteers will spend the July 4th holiday away from home helping their neighbors in need in Central New York and across the country. Another group of volunteers from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions of the American Red Cross deployed today to Central New York to assist in the response to massive flooding across the region that started last Friday. One Disaster Mental Health Volunteer, Peggy McGee-Smith of Kenmore, deployed to Arizona Tuesday morning following the devastating wildfires. A total of 23 volunteers have deployed to help our neighbors across the state and around the country.
One of those deployments is Western New York and Finger Lakes Regional Disaster Executive, Kenneth J. Turner who left yesterday to serve as the Operations Management Job Director where he will work side by side with many of his local volunteers.
“We are incredibly grateful to all of our volunteers who leave their homes and their families to help those affected by disaster,” said Nancy Blaschak, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross. “We are proud to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in Central New York.”
An updated list of all 24 local volunteers from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions who have been deployed is below, with the most recent deployments listed in bold.
NAME, HOMETOWN FUNCTION
Carmella Bartimole, OleanDisaster Mental Health
Tom Daley, TonawandaClient Casework
Stephen Erbland, DansvilleLogistics
Marianne Evans, Ransomville Sheltering
Jennifer Goodbout, Olean Sheltering
Ari Gottlib, Rochester External Relations
Michael Hoplight, Niagara Falls Logistics
Patricia Jung, Wellsville Staff Services
Norm Kehl, StrykersvilleDisaster Assessment
Leslie Mangano, StowClient Casework
Peggy McGee-Smith, KenmoreDisaster Mental Health (in Arizona)
Stuart Moore, Allegany Sheltering
Tony Muscolino, Finger Lakes Region External Relations
Sarah Perkins, Pittsford Disaster Assessment
Diane Sargent, Lockport Disaster Assessment
Sharon Scarafia-Kimble, LockportSheltering
Elizabeth Shook, CubaStaff Services
Edward Steinhauer, ElmiraDisaster Assessment
Gary Thompson, Finger Lakes Region Logistics
Kenneth Turner, BuffaloOperations Management
Emily Upham, Rochester Health Services
Mary Walls, Williamsville Disaster Assessment
Ruth Walters, Bath Disaster Assessment
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like floods, wild fires and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.