Shannan Pyland Honored As Maui Red Cross Volunteer Of The Year

Shannan’s enthusiasm, coupled with her strong leadership ability during disaster responses, has helped the volunteer team in Maui County reach new levels of success.

Shannan Pyland will be honored as the 2012 Maui Red Cross Volunteer of the Year at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on October 13, 2012. Hawaii News Now will be recognizing this week as Red Cross Heroes Week; for more information, please go to www.hawaiiredcross.org.

Shannan has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer since 2009, holding several key positions on Lanai and Maui. On Lanai, Shannan served as the Disaster Action Team Captain, recruiting and setting up trainings for residents, working to identify potential shelter locations and food resources, and connecting with local vendors to improve the sheltering and feeding capabilities during times of disasters. Her experience in opening Red Cross shelters was put to the test during Hurricane Felicia, Honoapiilani Highway road closure, Kihei flooding, and a Maui police standoff. Shannan currently serves as a volunteer Red Cross Hotline Operator who receives calls from first responders and deploys disaster volunteers to the scene. She is also a Disaster Services instructor and Sheltering Lead volunteer for the County of Maui. Shannan’s enthusiasm, coupled with her strong leadership ability during disaster responses, has helped the volunteer team in Maui County reach new levels of success.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to: American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at www.hawaiiredcross.org or call: (808) 739-8109.

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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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.