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American Red Cross Salutes Southern Tier Volunteers

American Red Cross Salutes Southern Tier Volunteers
We accomplish our mission only because of the dedication of our volunteers.

The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier acknowledged the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout the Southern Tier at the chapter’s annual Volunteer Salute on Sept. 24 at Tioga Downs in Nichols.

Volunteers comprise 94 percent of the Southern Tier Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Broome, Chenango, Tompkins, and Tioga counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 455 volunteers.

“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 Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the Southern Tier Chapter. “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 the Southern Tier.”

Here are the Southern Tier Chapter volunteers and supporters who were recognized Sept. 24 for their extraordinary work in the past year:

  • Blood Services Volunteer Award: Olivia Curtin, of Endwell.
  • Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: Mary Quinn, of Binghamton.
  • Community Service Volunteer Award: Jane Blake, of Endwell.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Award: Dan and Kathy Eddy, of Binghamton.
  • Good Neighbor Award: Maguire Family of Dealerships, FOX 40 WICZ-TV and WSKG-TV.
  • Service to the Armed Forces Award: Sandra Smith, of Owego.
  • Volunteer of the Year Awards: Chuck Haupt, of Owego (Tioga County); Norbert McCloskey, of Ithaca (Tompkins County); David Miller, of Sherburne (Chenango County); and Gayle Ripley, of Port Crane (Broome County).
  • Youth Services Award: Soren Mortensen, of Genoa.
  • Special Recognition for the Pillowcase Project: Lee Campfield, of Apalachin; Nora Doane, of Binghamton; Chuck Haupt, of Owego; Chris Hoke, of Binghamton; Mary Louise Lyons, of Endwell; Jody Mott, of Apalachin; Melanie Pandich, of Binghamton; Quinn Sepe, of Binghamton; and Sandy Smith, of Owego.
  • The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, youth (under age 18) and youth groups. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should click here or or call the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier at 607-785-7207.

    Photo: American Red Cross of the Southern Tier Volunteer Salute award winners gather for a team photo. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Snow, Regional Volunteer Director).