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Volunteer Leader of 19 Years Meant So Much to So Many

Volunteer of 19 Years Meant So Much to So Many
The mere mention of her name can light up a room.

Pam Dillion, a dear friend and a volunteer leader of Red Cross, lost her battle with cancer this month.

Ask anyone at Red Cross for a word to describe Pam, and the answer will be the same. She can’t be summed up with just one word. That is because she has meant so much to so many.

As Director of the Red Cross’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for 19 years, Pam enriched the lives of countless people who respected and loved her. Thousands of volunteers have called her their leader and friend.

The mere mention of her name can light up a room. So, it is only fitting that a volunteer suite will be named in her memory at the Carolina Lowcounty Chapter’s new building slated for completion in a few months.

“Pam is the reason why so many people have wanted to be a part of RSVP,” said Fred Massey, RSVP member. “Pam was a friend to her volunteers. She wanted to meet the needs of the community and the needs of her volunteers.”

RSVP is a program of the National Senior Service Corp, which has more than 500,000 volunteers from across the nation. RSVP, sponsored by the Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, provides people 55 and older the opportunity to utilize their skills and interests to serve their communities. RSVP members can be found helping more than 100 organizations in the Lowcountry including hospitals, schools and many non-profit agencies.

RSVP’s slogan is “Getting Things Done,” and that is exactly what Pam did. Under her leadership, the number of local volunteers grew from just a few hundred to thousands of volunteers spanning Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton Counties.

The following are some of the words used by Pam’s Red Cross family to describe her.

POSITIVE, GENUINE, PASSIONATE, MAGNIFICANT, WARM, DEDICATED, COMPASSIONATE, MOTIVATIONAL, SWEET, PERSONABLE, ACCOMMODATING, CARING, DETERMINED, LOVING, LOYAL, DEPENDABLE, GENEROUS, LIKABLE, APPROACHABLE, OPEN.