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ATLANTA RED CROSS ANNOUNCES 2014 VOLUNTEER AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Those selected for local recognition were nominated by their volunteer peers for outstanding contributions to the Red Cross mission in eight categories.

To coincide with National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the American Red Cross, Metro Atlanta Chapter is announcing its slate of award-winning volunteers for FY14, with plans to present the awards at a volunteer recognition later this month. Created by executive order of President Richard Nixon in 1974, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in the United States. More than 90% of the American Red Cross workforce is composed of volunteers, including more than 1,700 of them in metro Atlanta. Those selected for local recognition were nominated by their volunteer peers for outstanding contributions to the Red Cross mission in eight categories.

Tim Hayes, Conyers, will receive the Volunteer Leadership Award, which is the highest recognition the American Red Cross bestows on volunteers at the local level. As leader of the chapter’s Mass Care Team, Hayes is responsible for assigning and coordinating Red Cross activity in the areas of feeding, sheltering, bulk distribution and Safe and Well linking. An innovative problem solver and mentor, Hayes leads by example, engaging volunteers and mobilizing the community to set and exceed ever- higher expectations.

Volunteer award winners include: 

Volunteer Leadership Award - Tim Hayes (Conyers)

Disaster Preparedness & Response Volunteer Award - Mass Care and Logistics Support Team: Tom Johnson, Regional Lead (Sandy Springs), Tim Hayes, Metro Atlanta Lead (Conyers), Yvonne Evans, Activity Lead, Sheltering (Powder Springs), Odell Lewis, Activity Lead, Bulk Distribution (Lake City), John Mannion, Activity Lead, Feeding (Stone Mountain), Saul Maisonet (Jonesboro), Ephrem Michael (Atlanta), Mike Johnson (Roswell), and Richard Elan (Roswell) 

Disaster Preparedness & Response Volunteer Award - Odell Lewis (Lake City) 

Nursing Achievement Award - Shirley Rawlins (Douglasville) 

Health & Safety Services Award - Regina Brandt (Atlanta)

Local Fundraiser Award - Janis Martinez (Stone Mountain) 

Biomedical Achievement Award - Susan Terzich (Douglasville) 

Good Neighbor Award - The Weather Channel and Joseph’s Network 

Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service - Mike Esposito (Marietta), Dennis Scudder (Marietta) and Francine Greiner (Decatur)

“I have come to truly appreciate the power of the Red Cross mission, primarily the strength of volunteers and the generosity of donors”, said Kevin Keough, chair of the Metro Atlanta Chapter’s historically all-volunteer board. “The Red Cross serves people in the greatest times of need and it does so consistently and reliably, thanks to wonderful people like this year’s award recipients.”

The Metro Atlanta Chapter will recognize its outstanding volunteers and community partners for FY14 at an event on the campus of Georgia Tech on April 24th. The recognition is part of the Chapter’s 100-Day Centennial Celebration in metro Atlanta. 

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.