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Red Cross Salutes Cortland County Volunteers

Red Cross Salutes Cortland County Volunteers
Our volunteers make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in Cortland County.

The Central New York Region of the American Red Cross recognized the humanitarian efforts of 21 Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout Tompkins and Cortland counties at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner in July at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Volunteers comprise 94 percent of the Red Cross workforce in Tompkins and Cortland counties. The success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Tompkins and Cortland counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the 223 volunteers in these two counties.

“The Red Cross mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross. “We accomplish that mission only because of the dedication of our volunteers who make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in Tompkins and Cortland counties.”

The annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner honors the volunteers, community partners and community members who have provided remarkable services throughout the year. Here are the volunteers and supporters who were recognized for their extraordinary work in the past year:

  • Blood Services Volunteer Award: Sharon Canfield, of Harford, and George Totman, of McClean.
  • Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: Brian Tobin, of Cortland, and Tom Dorman, of Dryden.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Volunteer Award: Lucy Fisher, of Ithaca, and Tom Margrave, of Cortland.
  • Good Neighbor Award: CFCU Community Credit Union, Ithaca; Living Waters Christian Fellowship, Ithaca; Pall Corporation, Cortland; Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden; and Jan and Susan Suwinski, of Ithaca.
  • Health & Safety Services Award: Yue Zhang, of Ithaca.
  • Bonnie Ann Heath Volunteer Leadership Award: Cortland County Red Cross Disaster Responders.
  • Tompkins County Volunteer Leadership Award: Kathleen Rourke, of Trumansburg.
  • Youth Award: Kristen Smith, of Cortland, and Pardis Pooshpas, of West Hill, CA.
  • Board Chair Award: Ellen Dugan, of Cortland.
  • Board Award: Shayna Goldfine, of Ithaca.
  • Services to the Armed Forces Award: Marci Scidmore, of Ithaca.
  • Special Recognition: Nancy Albro, of Cortland, and Agnes Shaver, of Cortland.
  • The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults, youth (under age 18), and youth groups. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit here, call the Tompkins County office at (607)-273-1900, or the Cortland County office at (607) 753-1182.