ATLANTA, GA- June 23, 2016– The American Red Cross of Atlanta celebrated dedicated volunteers and supporters this week at an annual appreciation event at Turner Field’s 755 Club. Eighteen exemplary individuals and partners were honored at the event for their selfless gifts of time, money and blood to help fulfill the Red Cross mission.
More than 90% of the American Red Cross workforce is composed of volunteers, including more than 1,590 in metro Atlanta. Those selected for local recognition were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to the Red Cross.
Volunteer award winners include:
Biomedical Achievement Award
Rebecca Gadsden (Riverdale)
Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year
Doris Scott- Rockmart Community Blood Drive
Sponsor Group of the Year
Sequoyah High School (Canton)
Ahavath Achim Synagogue (Atlanta)
Hillside United Methodist Church (Woodstock)
Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Svc.
Lewis Wynder (Conyers)
Jewel Young (Lake Spivey)
Disaster Preparedness and Response Award
Mikel Richardson (Tucker)
Good Neighbor Award
Cox Automotive (Atlanta)
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta)
The Junior League of Atlanta (Atlanta)
Nursing Achievement Award
Renee Dozier (Atlanta)
Service to the Armed Forces Award
Jemal Levingston (Douglasville)
International Services Award
Phillys Mwaura (Atlanta)
Health and Safety Services Award
Kedre Eakin (Douglasville)
Biomedical Lifetime Achievement Award
Peggy Lynch (Austell)
Volunteer Leadership Award
Carolyn Saltarella (Powder Springs)
Blood Services Volunteer of the Year
Jim Bridges (Woodstock)
Volunteers power the Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. On average, 2-3 metro Atlanta families a day experience the compassion of our disaster volunteers. This year, nearly 2,000 of our neighbors with emergency needs for food, clothing, shelter, health and mental health support and recovery guidance, got the help they needed after local disasters, thanks to local volunteers.
Over the past year, volunteers also helped thousands of people in our community by training them in lifesaving skills, providing emergency services for military members, veterans and their families, and supporting the collection of life-saving blood and platelet donations through community blood drives and donor centers.
The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways people can get involved. Interested participants can visit redcross.org/local/georgia to learn more about volunteer opportunities, upcoming orientations, and how to submit a volunteer application.