New regional Director of Volunteer Services hired

Jillian Fennimore, Communications Manager, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts,

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Bob Bowers, formerly of The Paulist Center in Boston, has been hired as regional Director of Volunteer Services.

This new position was created to help the American Red Cross meet the challenge of growing its volunteer corps and deepening their engagement in the organization’s humanitarian mission.

Bowers has decades of experience in motivating, training and supporting volunteers of diverse backgrounds. A Needham native, Bowers graduated from Boston College and St. John’s Seminary. He was an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for 21 years,developing an expertise in volunteer recruitment, development and leadership training for a variety of mission-related programs, including youth programs, food pantries, recovery programs, finance boards, leadership councils and international social justice programs.

After taking a leave of absence from his ministry, Bowers continued serving in leadership with volunteer-led programs, such as the Chernobyl Children Project USA, Por Cristo in Ecuador, and most recently at the Paulist Center. At the Paulist Center, he led efforts to engage the community in social justice and service to the poor, including training volunteers as colleagues, providing classes, seminars and support for volunteers to embrace leadership roles in dialogue and learning conversations, deepening both connections and engagement for volunteers in key roles and responsibilities.

Bowers has led and supervised hundreds of volunteers, empowering effective and mission-driven volunteer leadership. Bowers trained in facilitation, active listening skills, mediation and conflict management at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and continued training with Mediation Works, Inc., in Boston. In 2002, Bowers received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Boston College for his work with non-profits and youth.

About the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts:

The Eastern Massachusetts Regional Chapter operates a number of critical programs and services that are essential to improving the lives of women, men and children. It is one of the largest chapters in the National Red Cross network, providing services across 190 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts with a combined population of 4.9 million. The chapter trains and mobilizes nearly 3,000 volunteers a year who support the delivery of services to over 500,000 people each year. The Regional chapter is headquartered in Cambridge and oversees two community chapters in Beverly and Hyannis. The chapter also has locations in Boston, Brockton, Braintree, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Peabody, and Waltham that serve as local sites for community programs, volunteer recruitment, and disaster preparedness and response.

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