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Tampa Man Honored in Washington, DC For Red Cross Service

These awards allow us to recognize and show case the very best of our outstanding volunteers and paid staff who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to deliver our humanitarian services every day in communities all over our country.

Tampa’s own Jose Bueno was presented with the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence last evening at the organization’s National Awards and Recognition Dinner in Washington, DC.

With 10 years at the Red Cross, Jose’s energy and enthusiasm have enabled him to manage and motivate volunteers to exceed targets. Jose and his team were an integral part of the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign in Central Florida, where they installed 3,384 free smoke alarms, more than three times the goal for FY15. Jose also had the most Home Visits within the country at 2,090 and exceeded his goal for the Pillowcase Project, by over 2,000—teaching 7,040 children about disaster preparedness.

The Home Fire Campaign is a nationwide initiative that aims to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within five years.

The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills.

“These awards allow us to recognize and show case the very best of our outstanding volunteers and paid staff who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to deliver our humanitarian services every day in communities all over our country,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, Regional CEO and Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Chapter.

Jose Bueno serves as the lead functional expert for Individual and Community Preparedness and Resilience within Central

Florida. Jose’s energy and enthusiasm, and ability to develop and lead volunteers was a driving force in exceeding his targets. Over the past year, he was able to develop and enhance community partners and engage them in educating our youth and adults.

The Central Florida region was top-five in the country for preparedness metrics including being number one in the country for homes visited/prepared and for plans made; number three in the country for people served and Pillowcase Project; and number four in the country for number of alarms installed.

About the American Red Cross:

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.