Mike Murphy was honored with the Volunteer Center Founder’s Award on April 25th by the Capital Region United Way. According to Heidi Neuhaus, Volunteer Center Director, this award is given annually to an outstanding volunteer in a leadership role during the Volunteer Center’s annual program to celebrate volunteerism in the community.
Mike is the Chair of Volunteers for the Susquehanna and a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Captain, routinely getting out of bed in the middle of the night to assist our disaster clients, as well as coordinating a team of other local disaster responders. In some cases, his wife, Doris joins him. During a disaster, Mike and Doris will open and manage a shelter together. Mike also assists with the mentoring of DAT members as well as potential DAT Captains.
Mike is Chair of not only the Chapter volunteers but also the Disaster Committee. As our area regionalized, Mike became the Co-Chair of the Disaster Advisory Committee. In this role this committee undertook the task of standardized procedures and documents for the Disaster teams. Recently Mike agreed to be the Regional Emergency Services Director’s Volunteer partner. In this role, he will assist on a higher level with Disaster Volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention.
As a team, Mike and Doris are everywhere, be it at a local high school blood drive, the Armed Forces Day celebration, driving the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and passing out water, or participating in a community event. Mike has also been involved in fund raising activities and in mentoring new volunteers and potential leadership volunteers.
At the Chapter's annual Spirit of the Hero Awards and Volunteer Recognition, Mike and Doris together were awarded the Chapter's Brown-Gabby Award, the Chapter's highest volunteer award.
The American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley is grateful to have Mike Murphy and his many talents involved in our mission in the Harrisburg Area. We congratulate him on this most-deserved recognition by the Capital Region United Way.
Each year, the United Way of the Capital Region Volunteer Center recognizes outstanding volunteers from area agencies at the Volunteer of the Year Awards reception during National Volunteer month. The emphasis of this program is to spotlight outstanding volunteers in our community. Judging for the awards program is conducted by the Junior League of Harrisburg. Volunteer Center Awards are presented to individuals, youth and groups for their dedicated service to the community. These awards are presented based on the following criteria: effort, impact, community need, leadership and challenges, and achievement. The Volunteer of the Year Awards consist of the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, the Volunteer Group of the Year Award and the Volunteer Center Founder’s Award. The event was held Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Beth El Temple, 2637 North Front St., Harrisburg.