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Mohawk Valley Chapter Salutes Red Cross Volunteers

Mohawk Valley Chapter Salutes Red Cross Volunteers
Our volunteers make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the Mohawk Valley.

The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross acknowledged the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout the Mohawk Valley at the chapter’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Salute on June 26 in the Carbone Auditorium at Utica College.

Volunteers comprise 95 percent of the Mohawk Valley Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 293 volunteers.

“The Red Cross mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors,” said Jennifer Balog, Community Chapter Executive of the Mohawk Valley Chapter. “We accomplish that mission only because of the dedication of our volunteers who make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the Mohawk Valley.”

Here are the Mohawk Valley volunteers and supporters who were recognized June 26 for their extraordinary work in the past year:

  • Blood Services Volunteer Award: Grace Waterman, of Camden.
  • Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: Vince Calcara, of Sherrill.
  • Community Services Volunteer Award: Gary Olivella, of Whitesboro.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Volunteer Award: Brendy Cruz, of Utica, and Mary Walker, of Rome.
  • Good Neighbor Award: New York Central Mutual Insurance and Remington Arms.
  • Health & Safety Services Award: Carol Parzych, of Remsen.
  • Special Recognition: Marie Platt, of Utica.
  • Volunteer Leadership Award (one for each county): Virginia Vaughan, of Clinton (Oneida County); Sam Crisino, of Poland (Herkimer County); and Garrick Hoadley, of Gilbertsville (Otsego County).
  • Youth Award: Paige Snell, of Oneida.
  • The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults, youth (under age 18) and youth groups. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit the volunteer page or call the Mohawk Valley Chapter at (315) 733-4666.