During National Volunteer Week, the American Red Cross celebrated its dedicated volunteers and partners at its annual Volunteer Recognition. Volunteers power the Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
The Red Cross honored exemplary volunteers who selflessly gave their time, money and blood to fulfill the Red Cross mission. Volunteers honored at the event included Yvonne Donald, Yanisse Adrian, and Tommy Bryson with the Volunteer of Distinction awards, Kathy Tyler with the George Hall Award, Rose Kinsey with the Elizabeth Poat Award and Bob Penick with the Clara Barton Award.
“Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross and make up 96 percent of our workforce,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “Red Cross volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home was destroyed by a fire or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill.”
American Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills, respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict, support blood drives across the country, and help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas.
The Red Cross encourages people who have been thinking about volunteering to take the plunge. People that want to make a difference should contact their local Red Cross office to learn about getting involved.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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/centralsc or join our blog at http://crredcross.wordpress.com.