When Stephanie White accepted her new role as Executive Director of the Red Cross Upper Palmetto Chapter, she knew the value of the volunteer to the Red Cross. White started as a volunteer while in college at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
After starting as a volunteer through Winthrop in 1991, working in social work to the Emergency Services Director in Jan. 1994, White has remained passionate for the Red Cross mission. Now 19 years later, she is the new executive director.
“I am very passionate about the mission and what we do for the community to take care of their needs,” White said.
She said she is extremely excited and there is a lot of work to do and a lot of opportunities as well.
The Upper Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 546 individuals affected by disaster last year. The chapter trained 3,197 people in lifesaving skills such as CPR/AED and First Aid, sent 722 emergency messages to members of the armed forces and their families, 6,229 units of blood collected and has 217 people who proudly call themselves volunteers.
“We appreciate Stephanie’s service to the Red Cross, and she was a natural fit for this vital leadership role,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region. “She understands the Red Cross mission and will help further that mission in her community.”
Her focus is the Red Cross and its involvement within the community and forging new relationships within the chapter’s service area of York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. She wants to increase the number of volunteers and help them cement a firm foundation within their community.
“I appreciate the value and support that volunteers bring to the Red Cross,” said White. “The Upper Palmetto has always had a strong volunteer program. Without our volunteers there would be no Red Cross.”
White, who is married to James A. White, has two children, and lives in York. She is a graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work, and in 2010 finished the business certification in Non-Profit Management at Winthrop.
“I have worked with Stephanie for a number of years and she’s done an outstanding job for the Red Cross and everything she’s been involved with,” said Wes Hayes, chairman of the board for the Upper Palmetto Advisory Board. “I am confident she will continue to do an outstanding job.”
The Upper Palmetto Chapter is part of the Palmetto SC Region, which is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties in South Carolina. The Palmetto SC Region touches 1 in 12 lives in our community every year and responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 1, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of more than 1,300 families and 4000 individuals affected by disaster.
“I believe Stephanie is very well prepared for the position of executive director and I’m confident she will do an outstanding job for the chapter. She is also a strong asset to the Palmetto SC Region management team,” said Carey Smith, interim Upper Palmetto chapter executive.
To make a donation to the Upper Palmetto Chapter, call 803-329-6575. You can also make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross by visiting Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.