The American Red Cross gathered local leaders at Everett Community College Wednesday night for its annual event to honor and thank more than 150 volunteers for the impact they’ve had in their communities. Many of the attending Red Cross volunteers, hailing from across the region, also provided essential support for the landslide disaster relief operations in Oso, Washington. The Red Cross acknowledged more than 20 individuals for their outstanding service and dedication to the Red Cross mission.
“Every Red Cross volunteer inspires us, whether they are helping people in times of crisis or providing invaluable day-to-day support for chapter operations,” said Chuck Morrison, executive director of the Snohomish County Chapter. “This year, the scale of the tragic Oso landslide was an important reminder that these committed, generous individuals strengthen our communities and prepare them to be more resilient in the face of disaster.”
Bob Drewel, interim chancellor of Washington State University, North Puget Sound, and former president of
Everett Community College delivered the keynote address. “Over the years, I’ve worked extensively with the Red Cross and the volunteers that have given of themselves—their time, their love and their hearts—to build this community,” Drewel said, “Snohomish County is blessed to have them.” Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin and Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, representing communities affected by the Oso disaster, also attended.
The Red Cross responded to the Oso landslide disaster with the vital assistance of 480 trained volunteers, of which more than 130 hail from Snohomish County and an additional 120 from Washington State. Together with Red Cross employees, these volunteers served more than 29,000 meals and snacks; distributed nearly 8,000 comfort and relief items; provided more than 8,500 mental health or health-related contacts; and staffed Red Cross shelters to provide 142 overnight stays to families in need of a safe place to sleep. With the help of nearly 500,000 volunteers nationwide, the Red Cross works at home and around the world to prevent and alleviate human suffering in emergencies.
Volunteer Recognition Awards:
The Glassberg Award for Lifetime Achievement
Director’s Award for Exceptional Service
Good Neighbor Award
2014 Chairman’s Award
Volunteer of the Year
Disaster Action Team
2014 Teamwork Award – Oso Landslide Response
2014 Teamwork Award - Service to Armed Forces
You can help people affected by disasters like the Oso landslide, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.