With Thanksgiving around the corner, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region has no shortages of things to be grateful for.
Throughout October we recognized our tremendous volunteers, who have dedicated countless hours to supporting New Jersey communities. 185 volunteers from across the state were recognized for milestones years of service – from five years to 45 years.
“Our volunteers are as tireless as they are committed. No matter the situation – from a local blood drive to a hurricane response – they stand ready to donate their time to help those in need,” said Michelle Esposito, chief volunteer services officer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “We are so lucky to have them and it’s truly an honor to recognize their service.”
The volunteers who received recognition have provided disaster relief, biomedical services, community education, preparedness training, helped with fundraising, youth programming, support for military and veterans.
During their many years of service, some volunteers come to see the Red Cross as a second family.
“As I became more involved with the Red Cross, I learned of its other critical services. I decided that I wanted to be part of great organization that helps people every day and I continue to feel that way today,” said Joseph Blazejewski who was honored for his 45 years of service.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. For more information or find a volunteer orientation near you, visit redcross.org/NJ.
Story by volunteer Chelsea Radler