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Celebrating American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter Volunteers

CARMEL, CA (October 30, 2012) – The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is proud to announce this year’s Volunteer of the Year, Liz Ford of Monterey.

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.

Liz is without a doubt an exemplary volunteer who continuously demonstrates her passion and dedication to serving the community. As the Vice Chair of Disaster Services, she has taken the initiative to revitalize, recruit and build the capacity to deliver services in the southern portion of Monterey County. As a leader of the disaster volunteer staff, she constantly seeks ways the Chapter can create partnerships with organizes to carry out the mission of the Red Cross.

In August, she volunteered to cover the Salinas office to maintain service while paid staff was deployed Hurricane Isaac to provide disaster relief. She also played a major role in the 2011 Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign which sent over 1,000 cards to United States services members around the world. Liz takes on all her work with a positive attitude and is certainly an asset to the Red Cross.

Other outstanding volunteers honored at the Halloween themed, Volunteer Recognition Dinner on October 25, 2012 at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course included:

  • Disaster Action Team: Sonja Riley, King City
  • Service to Armed Forces: Mazie Hollenbaugh, Seaside
  • Family Services: Michele Reiners, Carmel Valley
  • Logistics: Jeff Bryant, Salinas
  • Services to South Monterey County: Barbara Blanco, King City
  • International Services: Karen Schamberg, Aptos
  • Services to Benito County: Catherine and Bob Farnham, Hollister
  • Administrative Services: Ashley Copeland, Monterey
  • Board Member: Luis Alvarez, Monterey
  • Fund Development: Nicole Pettit, Seaside
  • Youth Department: Jenay Haworth, Prunedale
  • Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter. In Monterey and San Benito Counties, nearly 300 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 visit to learn more.

    About American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter

    With office locations in Carmel, Salinas and Hollister, the American Red Cross Monterey Bay Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Monterey and San Benito Counties residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.