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American Red Cross Announces Regional Excellence Award Winner


Rhode Island native, T. Arnold Ferguson, Data Technology Team Leader, has received the Regional Excellence Award from the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region.

T has been a vital part of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region for 56 years, beginning with his service as a Red Cross youth member as a young teenager in Rhode Island. As the years went by, T continued his involvement with the American Red Cross, eventually serving as a Board Member.  After relocating to Tennessee, T proved that there was no distance great enough to keep him from assisting back in his home town.  He became the region's first virtual volunteer, playing a vital role since 2012 with the implementation, maintenance and utilization of Volunteer Connection, the Organization’s national volunteer management system. The entire Organization has benefited greatly from T's 56 years of dedicated service.

“T is a tremendous asset to insure I.T. systems are modernized throughout the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region and throughout the country as a whole,” said Stephanie Boles, Regional Volunteer Engagement Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “His dedication to our mission and his passion has tremendously enhanced the capacity of the Department of Volunteer Engagement, allowing employees and other volunteers to otherwise ensure mission fulfillment.  T has committed himself to reviewing every resource and all details of system updates to ensure he can appropriately implement the modernizations of the system. We are incredibly lucky to have him.”

T also serves as the sole volunteer on the national Humanitarian I.T. Services Training Team.  It is a team of four who design and create training materials and review and test materials for compatibility. “We are so pleased to present T with the Regional Excellence Award this year,” said Boles. “His dedication to the Red Cross, our mission and his willingness to continue to support our region from afar is remarkable.”

The Red Cross is currently seeking volunteers, like T for all lines of service and leadership positions. There are several leadership and other volunteer opportunities available that utilize a variety of skillsets and availability. Those interested in becoming a volunteer can register online at redcross.org/ri/volunteer or by calling 860-678-2788 for more information.

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. 

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