The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross has selected finance and data processing volunteer Soule Leiter, of Clay, as Volunteer of the Month for April 2013.
The Volunteer of the Month program, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, recognizes a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for his or her hard work and commitment to the humanitarian organization.
Originally from Miami, Soule moved to the Syracuse area in 1968. She earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Syracuse University and worked for 14 years in SU’s finance department. She retired as a consultant for SunGard Higher Education, a global provider of software and services to colleges, universities and foundations.
Soule joined the Red Cross more than five years ago. She plays a major role as an assistant in the administration department, where she handles all cash deposits for the Central New York Region and also works with accounts payable. When the Red Cross recently changed operating systems, Soule learned the new software program while continuing her regular duties.
Soule also played a key role in the most recent Dunkin’ Donuts campaign. Dunkin’ Donuts placed collection cans at about 45 Central New York locations from Oct. 1 through Jan. 1, and Soule was responsible for making the weekly pickups on Sundays at the stores in Bridgeport, Central Square, Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse.
Through rain, sleet, snow and the occasional sunny day, Soule made the pickups and on Mondays she counted the currency, sorted the coins, and then carted the coins to the coin machine at the State Employees Federal Credit Union, where she received a check that she brought back to the chapter.
“This last part was a task in itself, as most of the time the coin outweighed Soule!” said Jenny Winsor, Donor Database Coordinator for the Central New York Region. “She would use a dolly to move the coin from one location to the other and watching her run down the ramp chasing the coin on Mondays was a sight to see!”
Dunkin’ Donuts has generously supplied nine Red Cross chapters and offices throughout Central and Northern New York with gift cards to distribute monthly to deserving volunteers. Soule received a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for her hard work and dedicated volunteer service.