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Celebrating 2013 Contra Costa County Red Cross Volunteers

PLEASANT HILL, CA (June 25, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is proud to announce the 2013 Contra Costa County Volunteer of the Year, Ruth Rosenburg.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and who has contributed significantly to operations, programs, and services as well as the mission of the Red Cross.

Ruth has been a volunteer for the Bay Area Chapter for more than seven years. She has been a major part of the Contra Costa County Leadership Council where she has shaped and facilitated the county’s annual Heroes Breakfast event that takes place every fall. Ruth exemplifies the spirit of the Red Cross and the commitment that "ordinary citizens" can contribute to help the Red Cross on fulfill its mission.

Outstanding volunteers honored at the Contra Costa County Volunteer Awards and Recognition Event held on May 4 also included:

  • Margaret Padilla, Karen Newton, Ken Tom and Akinori Tauchida, Disaster Services
  • Dinorah Barton-Antonio, Irving Lee and Patty Endo, Community Preparedness
  • Neal Gupta, Youth Services
  • Martina Rohde and Kathy Carlson, General Support
  • Ella and Lalaine Rosales, General Team Support
  • Margaret Romiti, Good Neighbor
  • Alissa Galeotti and Yuting Bu, Blood Services
  • Elena Miller, Services to Armed Forces
  • Merrill Swiney and Mischa Fritz, Health and Safety
  • Mischa Fritz and Beverley Finlayson, President’s Volunteer Service
  • Josh Lester, Rookie of the Year
  • Carole Crawford, Volunteer Supervisor
  • Russ McCandless, Exceptional Volunteer
  • Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. In the Bay Area, more than 2,000 dedicated people volunteer their time and energy to fulfill the Red Cross mission and help us strengthen our local community. For more information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more.

    About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.