More than 300 people joined the American Red Cross North Jersey Region to honor some of its extraordinary volunteers during three volunteer recognition ceremonies held this month. Each chapter presented an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, an Outstanding Youth Involvement Award and Pacesetter Awards.
“Every minute of every day, somewhere in this country a Red Cross volunteer is changing someone’s life,” Regional Chief Executive Officer Mathieu Nelessen told volunteers. “To watch you all do this work every single day just means the world to our residents and our staff.”
On Thursday, January 16th in Summit, New Jersey Crossroads Board Chair Zeba Khan presented the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award to Jeffrey Einbond for his remarkable work as part of the Disaster Action Team (DAT). Einbond became a DAT lead for Union County a year after joining the organization. During Superstorm Sandy, Einbond generously devoted more than a month of his time to help with Red Cross relief efforts in New Jersey.
The Morris Youth Council earned the Outstanding Youth Involvement Award from the New Jersey Crossroads chapter for their work on numerous events. In one instance, the council reached more than 11,000 families with important preparedness information by distributing materials to Morristown Community Theater goers.
Red Cross of Northern New Jersey honored some of its exceptional volunteers in Fairfield on Thursday, January 23rd. Northern New Jersey Board Chair Ed Susco and Vice Chair Paul Sullivan presented the awards to volunteers in Fairfield.
Fred Schlesinger was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. During the past eight years, Schlesinger has displayed an infinity for developing creative solutions for important and complex situations while continuing to devote more than 80 hours per month to the Red Cross.
“The work that Fred does is just above and beyond,” Sullivan said. “We are just so impressed with all his hard work. “
The Outstanding Youth Involvement Award was presented to Bindi Dhaduk. Dhaduk became a Red Cross youth volunteer in the spring of 2013. She founded and was instrumental in organizing Bloomfield High School’s Red Cross Club by drafting the club’s constitution, identifying the required faculty members, and continues to steer the club in a direction consistent with the Red Cross’s mission.
“Just the inspiration that Bindi provided by getting the Bloomfield High School Red Cross Club off the ground, getting various faculty members to come on board and really to help the Red Cross,” Sullivan said.
In Princeton on Tuesday, January 28th, Central New Jersey Board Chair Sue Hassmiller and Board Member Sean Andersen honored some of the chapter’s volunteers for their service to the Red Cross.
Central New Jersey acknowledged Joan Klimpl’s exceptional service with the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Klimpl has spent countless hours and traveled across the country to provide disaster relief to those in need. During her eight years of service Klimpl has demonstrated top-notch leadership skills in disaster situations. The self-proclaimed “disaster junkie” has deployed to 25 national disaster relief operations where she aided in logistics and shelter operations.
Amanda Faynor accepted the Outstanding Youth Involvement Award. Faynor has been an exceptional Red Cross Youth volunteer with the Hillsborough High School Red Cross Club for the past four years. She has proven herself to be a great leader by guiding the club in various activities that support the Red Cross mission.
“Amanda is a bright, young volunteer we hope to see for many years to come,” said Hassmiller.
Pacesetter Award Recipients
New Jersey Crossroads: Kevin Anderson, Sam Bailey, Sally Barylick, Adelaide Fairfield, Kay Hurd, Janet George Murnick, Susan Mondics, Pat and Barry O’Brien, Brian Otto, Carol Ouzounian and Westfield Youth Council.
Northern New Jersey: Meredith Barrentine, Hank Bernstein, Katherine Celardo, Joseph Fantozzi, Bill Kelly, Purva Kulkarni, Margie McCord, Renee Salkin, John Thomas, Jonathan Tsui, Jerry Wallace, Tom Wojtovich and Lois Yanagi.
Central New Jersey: Dennis Bunting, Julie Daigle, Jamie Ferguson, Jack Ford, Netty Lowenstein, Michele Mariano, Greg Pozesky and Robert Weston.
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