The American Red Cross of Tompkins County has named Jack Banfield, of Lansing, as Volunteer of the Month for October 2013. The Volunteer of the Month program, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, recognizes dedicated Red Cross volunteers for their hard work and commitment to the humanitarian organization.
Banfield became a volunteer after working with his friend, fellow Red Cross volunteer Keith Randolph, to help the American Red Cross of Tompkins County move to its new location at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca, last fall. Banfield is now a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, which responds to emergencies such as house fires and assists residents with immediate needs such as lodging, food and clothing.
A Lansing Central High School graduate, Banfield worked for the National Cash Register Co. for 38 years. He then moved to Cornell University, where he worked in building maintenance before retiring in 2008. In retirement, Banfield plans to continue his volunteer work with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity while enjoying his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
The American Red Cross is privileged to have volunteers like Banfield who comprise 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce in Tompkins County. Dunkin’ Donuts has generously supplied Red Cross chapters and branches throughout Northern and Central New York with gift cards to distribute monthly to deserving volunteers, and Banfield received a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for his volunteer service.