The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is saying goodbye to Liz Ford, who served as disaster chair for two years, as she moves back home to Sacramento. Liz, a retired teacher, joined the Red Cross as a volunteer three years ago, after catching what she called the volunteering ‘bug’ following Hurricane Katrina.
Liz has been involved in many projects in the Monterey Bay Area, including setting up the Client Service Center for the Redwood City fire last summer and working as site manager during the recent fires at Big Sur.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with someone who has contributed so much to the disaster program and to our community,” said Daniella Zapata, Monterey Bay Area Chapter Community Relations Manager. “Liz believes in people.She has a knack for seeing their desire to help and then matching them with an appropriate opportunity.”
Liz was selected as the Monterey Bay Area Chapter Volunteer of the Year for her leadership skills in 2012.
She said her proudest achievements, however, were setting up the Client Service Center for the Redwood City fire this past summer, and ensuring the Monterey Bay Area client service team had the capability to provide clients with long-term assistance.
“We spent a lot of time and energy working on a client service team who could do follow ups, and that has turned out to be wonderful,” said Liz.
Liz said she would remain active in the Red Cross from the Sacramento office, where she plans to become a manager in client casework.
“I’ve made a lot of good friends here,” she said, adding the highlight of her time in Monterey had been “having the opportunity to work with so many great folks throughout the region.”