The Tompkins County Branch of the American Red Cross has named Pardis Pooshpas as Volunteer of the Month for June 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.
Pardis is a rising junior at Cornell University, where she studies Biological Science with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. Pardis revived the Red Cross Club at Cornell this past fall and continues to serve as its president. In two semesters under Pardis’ leadership, the Red Cross Club at Cornell hosted the Cornell-Dartmouth Blood Drive competition, has taken part in the International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign, volunteered for Red Cross events and blood drives in the community, raised awareness about Red Cross on campus, held fundraisers, and made holiday cards for military heroes.
As a teen-ager, Pardis became interested in the Red Cross when she saw her father donating blood regularly. As a high school student, Pardis volunteered at a blood donation center in Los Angeles. There, she learned about the other life-saving services of the Red Cross. This inspired her to establish a Red Cross Club in her high school.
Many students joined the club, making it one of the most successful clubs in her high school. They raised approximately $2,000 to support Red Cross disaster relief after the 2011 Japanese earthquake.
Pardis, originally from Shiraz, Iran, moved to Los Angeles when she was 14. When she finishes college, she plans to attend medical school to continue her lifesaving service to the community.
The Tompkins County American Red Cross is privileged to have such a dedicated volunteer as Pardis Pooshpas. Volunteers make up 96 percent of the Red Cross work force.
Dunkin’ Donuts has generously supplied nine Red Cross chapters and branches throughout Northern and Central New York with gift cards to distribute monthly to deserving volunteers. Recipients receive a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for their volunteer service.