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Celebrating Contra Costa Volunteers

CONCORD, CA (July 24, 2012)The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is proud to announce this year’s Contra Costa County Volunteer of the Year, Gary Higgins.

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.

Gary joined the American Red Cross in 2005, first helping as a disaster worker during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Since then, he has continued to be a leader of Logistics and Transportation while helping the Red Cross team in Contra Costa County maintain its ability to keep supplies updated. Thanks to his leadership and dedication, the Chapter has received grants to purchase emergency supplies which have been distributed throughout the West, Central and East regions of the county.

As a Disaster Action Team member, Gary leads a team to support clients who have been affected by a disaster. He is concerned about the community’s well being and acts upon it to make a difference. He has been an extremely reliable volunteer and uses his creativity to complete any task, effectively and efficiently. Gary always goes the extra mile to getting things done, all with a smile on his face.

Outstanding volunteers honored at the Contra Costa County Volunteer Awards and Recognition Event held on June 16, 2012 also included:

  • Rick Palmer, Disaster Services Community Partnership Award
  • Bea Roberson, Community Preparedness Rookie of the Year
  • Heald College, Good Neighbor Award
  • Nancy Domingo, Volunteer Resource Award
  • Ann Stokes, Disaster Services Rookie of the Year Award
  • Jan Peterson, Community Preparedness Award
  • Jon Hammond, Disaster Services Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Bob Hernandez, Exceptional Volunteer Award
  • Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. In the Bay Area, nearly 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. You may also contact our volunteer resources team at

    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.

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