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Red Cross honors longtime employee

Eastern Mass Red Cross honors volunteer
Laurice is a perfect example of someone who has dedicated herself to help fulfill our mission.

Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and Mayor Robert Dolan spent a cheerful morning at the Melrose office today celebrating a 30-year Red Cross employee.

Laurice Zwicker of Melrose started volunteering for the Red Cross in 1978. About five years later she was offered a full time job at the Melrose office, where she has worked ever since.

“Thirty years is no easy feat,” said Barrios before he presented Zwicker with a special Red Cross pin. “Laurice is a perfect example of someone who has dedicated herself to help fulfill our mission.”

Zwicker first volunteered as a receptionist, and later worked in blood services and also helped support the military. She is currently working for the Ames Relief Fund - an endowed fund that works closely with private and public agencies to supports the Red Cross mission in Melrose.

Red Cross Chief Programs Officer Lily Mendez-Morgan, Bob Bowers, Regional Director of Volunteer Services, and Kelly Miller, Volunteer Services Program Manager, presented Zwicker with flowers and a certificate of appreciation. Mayor Dolan gave her a citation from the city and thanked her for her many years of service.

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