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Red Cross Salutes NNY Volunteers at Annual Event

Red Cross Salutes NNY Volunteers at Annual Event
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 Northern New York.

The Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross acknowledged the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout Northern New York at the chapter’s annual Volunteer Salute in early August at at the Scenic View Park Pavilion, Alexandria Bay.

Volunteers comprise 95 percent of the Northern New York Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 102 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 Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the Northern New York 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 Northern New York.”

Here is the complete list of Northern New York volunteers and supporters who were recognized for their extraordinary work in the past year:

  • Blood Services Volunteer Award: Janet Stitt, of Canton; and Kathleen Wallace, of Lowville.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Award: Megan Fulton, of Cape Vincent.
  • Good Neighbor Award: Comfort Inn and Peer to Peer.
  • Health and Safety Services Award: Julie Hull, of Watertown.
  • Service to the Armed Forces Award: Gary Coffey, of Hermon.
  • Volunteer Leadership Award (one for each county): Dale Roberts (Lewis County); Angie Blair (St. Lawrence County); and Tony Marra (Jefferson County).
  • Youth Award: Jeremy Smith, of Watertown.
  • Years of Service Award (5 years): Gary Coffey, of Hermon; Ricki Harriman, of DeKalb; JoAnn Schwob, of Potsdam; Timothy Schwob, of Potsdam; and Peggy Sepko, of Watertown.
  • 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 or call the Northern New York Chapter at 315-782-4410.