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Fairbanks Volunteer Honored with American Red Cross Spirit of the Pacific Award

Fairbanks, AK, December 13, 2016 — The American Red Cross of Alaska is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Fairbanks volunteer Tammy Miller through the American Red Cross Spirit of the Pacific Award for November 2016.

The Spirit of the Pacific Award is a monthly honor allocated to one volunteer within the Pacific Division of the American Red Cross who focuses on the mission of the Red Cross, acts with a sense of purpose, communicates in an effective way that is objective, and demonstrates integrity. The Pacific Division includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.

Each month, each Red Cross region submits at least one volunteer to be considered for this award. Four individuals were submitted from the Alaskan region. As a region, the Red Cross of Alaska then vote and submit one to the division. The division then selects three to five nominees to present to Michael Jordan, Pacific Division Vice President. Michael Jordan then selects the final winner.

The Spirit of the Pacific award is specifically designed to acknowledge and reward these outstanding efforts:

·         Focuses on the mission as the foundation of all their decisions, interactions, actions and activities

·         Acts with a sense of purpose; having a passion for service and willingness to go above and beyond

·         Communicates in an effective way that is objective, honest, consistent and collaborative

·         Demonstrates integrity, dignity and respect that guides their actions and provides support that is mutual and builds trust

·         Focuses on service that values and exceeds the expectations of clients, volunteers, donors and employees

·         Enjoys and values working together as a team while engaging the difficult work of relieving suffering


Miller was nominated for the award by Lori Wilson, the Red Cross of Alaska Executive Director to the Far North & Interior and Liaison for the South-East. Wilson said Miller embodies all aspects of the Spirit of the Pacific Award, but if she had to choose one characteristic it would be that she demonstrates integrity, dignity and respect that guides her actions and provides support that is mutual and builds trust.

Miller’s area of volunteer focus has been in Disaster Services- which includes providing food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire. 

Volunteer Driven

Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Volunteers make it possible for the Red Cross to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year.

Miller has stepped up to manage the Disaster Team many times in the absence of a Disaster Program Manager, the most recent being when the Red Cross of Alaska promoted Fairbanks Disaster Program Manager, Celia, leaving the Fairbanks position open for a long period of time.


“She ensured that we continued to move forward with training, meetings, and staffing, while also helping with community events, participating in interviews for the new Disaster Program Manager, and then volunteering for deployment to Hurricane Matthew,” said Wilson. “I cannot thank Tammy enough for her willingness to give us so much additional time and assistance and for being such a positive, uplifting part of our team.”


Jackson said Miller served as a mentor as a brand new employee in 2014. “Tammy is my Red Cross of Alaska mom,” said Jackson.  “She’s been the heartbeat of the Fairbanks Red Cross office for many years. Tammy is the sort of volunteer who truly cares about the mission at a higher level. You can count on her at 3 a.m. when it’s 40 below zero and dark and there’s no one else around.  She’s my inspiration! I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.”

Volunteering with the Red Cross: By the Numbers

·         7m+ more than 7 million people received disaster assistance internationally

·         90% of Red Cross disaster relief workers are volunteers

·         65k+ more than 65,000 disaster responses yearly

·         50K+ more than 50,000 relief items distributed internationally

·         400K+ more than 400,000 services provided to military families

For more information on how to volunteer with the American Red Cross of Alaska visit or call Paton Stott with Red Cross Volunteer Services at (907) 646-5411.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



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