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American Red Cross Salutes Volunteers

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

The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley acknowledged the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout the Mohawk Valley at the chapter’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Salute on June 25 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

Volunteers comprise 95 percent of the Mohawk Valley Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Oneida, Herkimer, Delaware and Otsego counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 359 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 Julie Darling, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley. “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 Mohawk Valley.”

Here are the Mohawk Valley volunteers and supporters who were recognized June 25 for their extraordinary work in the past year:

  • Blood Services Volunteer Award: Shirin Rashid, of Rome.
  • Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: Christopher Bray, of Herkimer.
  • Community Services Volunteer Award: Paul Heiland, of Utica.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Volunteer Award: Patrick St. Thomas IV, of Westmoreland.
  • Good Neighbor Award: United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.
  • Health & Safety Services Award: Ralph Ritton, of Schenevus.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award (one for each county): Donald Hanson, of Rome (Oneida County); Diann Fischer, of Herkimer (Herkimer County); Darlene Clifford, of Maryland (Otsego County); and Leslie Hood, of Hobart (Delaware County).
  • Youth Award: Megan Connors, of Deerfield.
  • Good Neighbor: John Borner (SUNY IT); and local businessman Harold “Tom” Clark.
  • The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults, youth (under age 18) and youth groups. If you're interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, click here or call the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley at (315) 733-4666.