Celebrating Our Volunteers

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Meet Our Red Cross Volunteers of the Month:

Dunkin Donuts sponsors the Volunteer of the Month program by providing the Red Cross with gift cards to present to the chosen volunteers as an expression of appreciation for their efforts. Each month a volunteer is chosen and honored for the work he or she does with the Red Cross. “Our partnership with Dunkin Donuts gives us a unique opportunity to show our volunteers that they are needed, wanted and appreciated for the work they do.” If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross please visit the local chapter at 220 Herald Place in Syracuse.

Bernie Stolusky/Paul Francher

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Co-recipients of the December volunteer recognition are Bernie Stolusky and Paul Francher for their outstanding team work in the area of Disaster Logistics over the past several months.

Now a retired firefighter, Bernie has been a volunteer with the chapter since 1968. Among his responsibilities are overseeing maintenance and operation of chapter vehicles, arranging for delivery of cots and other supplies whenever the chapter establishes an emergency shelter, assisting with purchasing, and overseeing the warehousing of Disaster items ranging from comfort kits to cots to cambros and much more. Although not a member of a specific Disaster Action Team, Bernie is available to help when the proverbial “bigger than a breadbox” event requires extra hands.

Paul, recently retired from the US Postal Service, began his volunteer work with the chapter last December. He has taken numerous Disaster training classes and is a Disaster Action Team Leader. He has trained some in Disaster Staff Services, but since July he has come to focus heavily on Disaster Logistics. In Logistics, he has developed some much needed control systems and taken on responsibility for pagers and cell phones, helping to keep chapter expenses in line.

Mandy Lebeau

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Mandy Lebeau is the American Red Cross of Central New York – Oswego Branch Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for December. Mandy has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since May of this year. She became interested in the Red Cross after she often heard stories of the way the Red Cross has helped out and felt she really wanted to be a part of that. During her seven months here Mandy has helped with casework follow-up to people who were recently victims of disasters. She has been busy training so she can be part of the Disaster Action Team, which answers to disasters in our area. She also helped out with our Cards for Soldiers.

The most rewarding experience since she has been with the Red Cross is when she was a part of the Cards for Soldiers. The Red Cross goes out into the community and sets up places where people can sign cards for the Military and their families. She felt honored to be a part of that as she has a huge heart for our military and families.

Mandy would strongly encourage others to take time out of their schedules and volunteer with the Red Cross. She believes that if everyone at some point in their lives gives back, they will get a real sense of what makes the world beautiful.

Mandy lives in Mexico, NY. She has graduated from SUNY Oswego with her Bachelors in Psychology and plans on perusing her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. She was recently blessed to have visited the country of Haiti in relief efforts. She explained it as a beautiful experience that she now looks for any way she can help out in her community and with other people in the world. She loves relief work because it helps others but also makes me a better person.

Congratulations to Mandy for being our Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for December!!!!

Jackie Purdy

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Jackie Purdy was recently named Volunteer of the Month at the Syracuse office of the American Red Cross of Central New York for the month of November. Jackie first joined the chapter as a volunteer in April 2011.

Jackie has become an important member of the Health and Safety team over the past several months. Proficient in data entry, she assists with course record entries, billing, web maintenance and related tasks. Some of her duties she performs at the chapter and she also works from her home in Central Square.

Jack Pope

Central New York - Celebrating Our Volunteers - Jack Pope

Jack Pope is the American Red Cross of Central New York – Oswego Branch Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for November. Jack has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for approximately two years. He became interested in being a part of the Red Cross when he moved into the area. He was drawn to volunteer when he became aware of the services they provided and it was an organization he wanted to support. During his two years here Pope has volunteered at many Red Cross events, worked the parking lot during the NYS Fair, he was a drill volunteer and is more than willing to help with other volunteer duties that is asked of him.

The most rewarding experience since he has been with the Red Cross is when he was able to volunteer at the Real Heroes Breakfast that is held every December. He was very inspired by the stories of our heroes that we honor.

Jack would strongly encourage others to take time out of their schedules and volunteer with the Red Cross. He finds it very satisfying to be a part of this organization.

Jack lives in Hannibal NY with his wife Susan. Jack received a BS from SUNY Cortland, MAT From UNC – Chapel Hill both in science education and advanced studies in Computer Science at SUNY Potsdam. He is the President of the Hannibal Free Library Board of Trustees. He is involved with the Hannibal Historical Society, Hannibal Dollars for Scholars Board and Friends of Beaver Lake Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Jack for being our Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for November.

Julie Lynn Shires

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for September at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Julie Lynn Shires. She has been a volunteer with the chapter since November of 2009 as an AmeriCorps volunteer and has come back after her term of service as a Disaster Volunteer, Youth Services volunteer and Instructor of Health and Safety.

Affectionately called our “walking disaster”, Julie has always been eager to lend a helping hand and seldom says no to requests. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree from the Maxwell School in Non-Violent Conflict and Change and International relations. Fran Wadas

As a disaster volunteer she responds to local emergencies and was recently promoted to Assistant Disaster Action Team Leader. Her smile and compassion helps in comforting victims of disaster.

In the volunteer and youth services department she helps by presenting the disaster preparedness presentations and provides guidance with her past projects as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Julie has done presentations to the international communities and draws upon her experiences in both France and India.

In the ever changing Health and Safety department, Julie has successfully completed training to be a volunteer instructor and has taught a few night classes.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Fran Wadas

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Fran Wadas is the American Red Cross of Central New York – Oswego Branch Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for August. She has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 12 years. She was initially drawn to the Red Cross because she enjoys helping people and really appreciates those who can and will give blood. She enjoys meeting new people all the time when she is working a blood drive.

In her 12 years with the Red Cross Fran has helped with the Red Cross Clubs, been a part of the Advisory Council and helped with the Bridge to Caring Walks. She has helped out by baking treats for the blood drives and enjoys working at the NY State Fair helping park cars for the Red Cross.

The most rewarding aspect of working with the Red Cross is she has enjoyed meeting many different people.. She enjoys spending time with them and sharing their knowledge and experiences with them. She says that she has not met anyone she didn’t like.

Fran would strongly encourage others to take time out of their schedules and volunteer with the Red Cross. She finds it very rewarding to see so many people willing to help in anyway they can.

Fran lives in Scriba NY. She has four children. She belongs to RSVP, she is Vice President of the Granby Seniors, and she serves on the committee for Camp Hollis’s Senior Camping program.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Barbara Ehlers

The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for August at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Barbara Ehlers. She has been a volunteer with the chapter since September of 1997 and has been very active in her role since.

In her fourteen year tenure she has been a Disaster Responder, a Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteer and national instructor, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) driver and instructor, has done countless SAF presentations, and mentored regional SAF staff.

As a disaster volunteer, she has responded to nine national assignments starting in 1998. They have included the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001, Hurricane Ike in 2008 and ice storms in Northern and Central New York in 1998 and 2003.

As an SAF volunteer, she aids in relaying messages from families to military personnel. She also verifies information for military families from other areas of the country who may have family members living in the Syracuse area. Barbara encourages all families of military personnel to” get to know us (the Red Cross) before you need us.”

Barbara helps as a caseworker for disaster fire clients and for families seeking heat and electricity assistance under Care and Share, a program sponsored by National Grid. In addition to all the above, she is among 1200 Everyday Angels in the chapter.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

John Hennessy

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for July at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is John Hennessy. He has been a volunteer with the chapter since 2005 and has been very active in his role since.

John volunteers in the Disaster Services department as a Disaster Action Team (DAT) member and as a national responder, as well. He is a regular driver of our Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). The ERV responds to all disaster scenes in Onondaga County and provides a place for clients to sit down and meet with caseworkers at the scene.

When the ERV is needed at a non-disaster function, such as community events, John sometimes steps forth to drive the vehicle.

In addition to local responses, he has deployed on five national and state disasters. Those including Liverpool, NY Multi-Family Fire (2006), NY Floods in the Southern Tier (2006), California Wildfires (2007), Hurricane Gustav (2008) and most recently Alabama Tornadoes (2011).

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Kerland Ritchie

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for June at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Kerland Ritchie. He has been a volunteer with the chapter since 2005 and has been very active in his role since.

Kerland volunteers Health and Safety department as an instructor. He has taught over 100 classes for us since then. Attention to detail and helping individual students fulfill their learning needs are two of the hallmarks of Kerland’s classes. He frequently stays after the scheduled end of class to aid students in better grasping the material. Kerland’s instructor authorizations include: Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Water Safety Instructor, Lay Responder First Aid and CPR/AED, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. He teaches classes that few others will do including First Aid: Responding to Emergencies, a 16-hour first aid class, and Basic Water Rescue, which is needed by NYS Fishing Guides.

Kerland is the consummate volunteer. At one point in his career he was driving truck. There was an occasion that he came in from the end of an interstate run, drove his rig into our lot and jumped down to come in to teach a class. He is always punctual and has a positive attitude. Kerland is one of the go-to people that we can turn to when we need to find an instructor at the last minute. If he is available, he will teach.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Jessica Bomgren

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for June at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter, Oswego Branch office, is Jessica Bomgren. He has been a volunteer with the chapter since April of 2011 and has been very active in her role since.

Jessica was initially drawn to the Red Cross for her desire to help out in her local community. She wanted to build on some of her skills and she knew she could accomplish that by volunteering.

In the couple of months Jessica has been volunteering she has helped the staff with any office projects that have been going on, she has also filled in at the reception desk answering phones and assisting people who walk into the office.

The most rewarding aspect of working with the Red Cross for Jessica is to have the opportunity to give back and make a difference. She has been able to see how the community can come together and help out when there are disasters.

Jessica would strongly encourage others to volunteer with the Red Cross so they can actually see and experience all the many different ways the Red Cross can help and assist in our community.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Daniel Campbell

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for May at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Daniel (Dan) Campbell. He has been a volunteer with the chapter since May of 2009 and has been very active in his role since.

Dan started out working closely with the New York State Citizen Preparedness Coordinator teaching classes on preparedness to youth and adult alike. Since the summer of 2010, Dan has worked closely with our AmeriCorps volunteers to bring preparedness activities and courses to the youth in Onondaga and Oswego Counties. He has been trained as a leader and a presenter of all of our youth curriculum.

Dan was instrumental in coordinating efforts to bring our annual Safety Awareness For Everyone event (S.A.F.E) to the Westside community. He has marched in the Veterans Day Parade, has done First Aid presentations to Boy Scout Troops, and was a team leader for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Dan has lead groups of youth through Onondaga county neighborhoods handing out fire prevention and safety materials. He has taught the Community Disaster Education presentation to refugees on the Northside and to students in elementary schools in our neighborhood’s Southside.

Dan Campbell rarely says no and takes pride in helping the American Red Cross of Central New York fulfill its mission.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts Franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Kirk Coates

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Kirk Coates is the American Red Cross of Central New York - Oswego Branch Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for May. He has been with the American Red Cross of Central New York since October 2010. He was initially drawn to the Red Cross while employed as a police officer. He witnessed the good things they did and always noticed them at any disaster no matter where. They are the ones that are always there.

During the last seven months he has volunteered at the Red Cross, Kirk has done a lot of training in Shelter operations, Fundamental Principles, Client Casework, Mass Care Overview, First Aid, CPR, AED, Emergency Response Vehicle-Ready set roll, Psychological First Aid and has been to approximately 7 fires to assist.

The most rewarding aspect of working with the Red Cross for Kirk is working with the people of the Red Cross. They are wonderful and welcoming. It also feels very rewarding to be able to help others in their time of need. The satisfaction you get knowing that you are making a difference no matter how large or small the situation is.

Kirk is keen to encourage others to volunteer for whatever they can do to help. He feels very strongly about helping our community out to make it a better place to live. Volunteering at the Red Cross is important because anyone can do most anything to help. There is a great diversity in jobs that anyone can fit right into.

Kirk was born and raised in Homer NY. He came to Oswego for a job opportunity in 1985 . He worked for the NYS University Police for over 28 years and other police agencies before that. He has since retired from the police force and is now an adjunct instructor of History at SUNY Oswego. He has been married for 31 years, and has 2 sons and a dachshund.

For Kirk's commitment to both the American Red Cross and volunteering, he will receive a Dunkin Donuts gift card as a token of appreciation for his efforts.

The Volunteer of the Month is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts, which has generously provided the Red Cross with gift cards.

For those interested in volunteering, or for learning more about the local Red Cross, stop by 333 West First Street in Oswego, visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse or call 343-0967.

May Becker

The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for March (Red Cross Month) at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is May Becker. She has been a volunteer with the chapter since January 2002. May is also a member of the Clara Barton Society and an Everyday Angel.

May, a graduate of Syracuse University, is a retired executive from Steelcase Corporation.

A tireless and dedicated worker with the spirit and energy of a teenager, May has volunteered with the chapter in a number of different ways, including as a disaster responder, blood volunteer, a Board member, a Disaster Action Team (DAT) member and leader, DSHR administrator and Coordinator of Disaster Volunteers. Currently May is a team leader for a daytime DAT. She also supports other teams needing additional help.

May has worked on national and disaster assignments. Included among her assignments are: Baldwinsville flood (2002), Hurricane Isabel (2003), Hurricane Frances (2004), NY floods (2005), Hurricane Ike (2008).

In addition to her responsibilities as DSHR Administrator and Coordinator of Disaster Volunteers, she teaches Disaster Service classes. Her students give her solid reviews for thoroughness and completeness. She is also co-chair of the planning committee for the Disaster Institute of the State of New York (DISNY) and has served on committees for the national organization.

May is perhaps best known for the dish of chocolate candies that is on her desk when she is in the chapter office.

Yvonne Murray

Central New York - Celebrating Our Volunteers - Yvonne Murray

When Yvonne Murray retired from her job at Novelis she found knew she wanted to do something but was unsure exactly what it was. For her volunteering seemed like a good idea and so she called the American Red Cross. She filled out the application and talked about the various options available. Yvonne decided to start with a small one day commitment at the receptionist desk.

Incredibly reliable, willing to do whatever needs to be done and easy to work with – that is how other Red Crossers describe her. She answers phones, greets guests, does clerical tasks, makes donor calls and a host of other jobs each week. For her dedication and contribution to the Oswego branch office Yvonne has been chosen as the American Red Cross Volunteer of the Month for December.

Ashley LaBarge

Central New York - Celebrating Our Volunteers - Ashley LaBarge

The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for December at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Ashley LaBarge. An early graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Ashley decided to take advantage of an opportunity to give back to her community while gaining valuable professional experience by volunteering for the American Red Cross of Central New York.

In her first few weeks as a Red Cross volunteer, Ashley joined the Heroes for the American Red Cross Campaign by organizing an equestrian clinic at the New York State Fair Coliseum on Labor Day. This special event featured USA’s fifth ranked show jumping rider Candice King of Wellington, Florida. Without any expenses, she raised $8,000 for the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.

Ashley was able to promote the American Red Cross at the National Horse Show. She obtained a large Red Cross banner in the Syracuse War Memorial and logo placement on the jumbotron during the Corporate Challenge. She also arranged to have several Olympic medalists and grand prix riders ride on Red Cross saddle-pads.

Ashley is currently organizing a golf tournament for May 2011.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.

Keith Costello and Dan Dievendorf

Central New York - Celebrating Our Volunteers - Keith Costello and Dan Dievendorf

Keith Costello and Dan Dievendorf both came to the American Red Cross about the same time. They were looking for volunteer opportunities that would allow them to make a difference and help others. Both have full time jobs and personal commitments but have found the time to take the required training and become Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responding to disasters throughout Oswego County. In the last two months the Disaster Action Team has responded to eight local disasters, providing services to over twenty disaster victims.

Keith was a former volunteer firefighter and EMT on Long Island prior to moving to Central New York. He enrolled in nursing school and decided to make the volunteer commitment to the Red Cross as well. He responds as his shifts allow and when asked what motivates him to be part of the Red Cross organization he responds,” I have always liked helping people. I think there is a certain satisfaction in the fact that I can offer some type of comfort and assistance to people going through such difficult times.”

Dan had worked in the insurance industry processing fire claims and knew first hand of the heartache people go through when they lose their home and all their possessions to a fire. While his work takes him on the road and away from home quite often, he still finds time to respond and provide assistance to disaster victims when called upon. “It’s just my nature to lend a hand – no different than helping someone in a grocery store reach an item from a high shelf - if I can help out, then I help out” says Dan. “When looking for volunteer opportunities the Red Cross just seemed like a good fit.”

For their commitment and dedication to serving disaster victims in Oswego County Dan and Keith are being honored as Red Cross Volunteers of the Month for November in the Oswego office. Both will receive a gift card from Dunkin Donuts, as well as being recognized on our website www.redcrosscny.org and facebook pages.

Joyce Wassel

Joyce Wassel is the October Volunteer of the Month for the American Red Cross of Central New York headquarters office. She has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since November of 1991. In her nineteen year tenure she has been both a Disaster Responder and a Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteer.

As a disaster volunteer, she has responded to twenty-two national assignments that were as close as Liverpool and as far away as New Mexico. She became a member of the DSHR in 1996 and responded to her first national disaster in March of 1998.

As an SAF volunteer, she aids in relaying messages from families to military personnel. She also verifies information for military families from other areas of the country who may have family members living in the Syracuse area.

Joyce also helps as a caseworker for disaster fire clients and for families seeking heat and electricity seeking assistance under Care and Share, a program sponsored by National Grid. In addition to all the above, she is a ray of sunshine on days that she is in the office.

Mildred Williams and Patricia Phillips

Central New York - Celebrating Our Volunteers - Mildred Williams and Patricia Phillips

When visitors to the American Red Cross of Central New York office in Syracuse come in the front door, chances are they will be met with a smile and a pleasant greeting from either Mildred Williams or Pat Phillips, the September Dunkin Donuts Volunteers of the Month.

Pat started with us in December of 2008 and Mildred in June of 2009. They not only

staff the reception desk but also answer the chapter’s main telephone throughout the day, answering questions, routing calls and providing assistance to the public and our clients.

They both do their jobs efficiently, effectively and always with a smile. Their warm presence both in person and over the phone, add a personal touch that helps convey the humanitarian focus of our organization.

Tony Williams

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for November at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Anthony Williams. Tony is a regular volunteer in the Health and Safety Department. His work area is in the lower level, adjacent to the fax/copier/scanner. He has been with the Chapter since March 2010 and has become an established figure in that time.

Tony has the primary responsibility for entering student course records into the computerized database known as the Learning Management System. In recent weeks, Tony not only has had to keep up with data entry for all of the community classes and some Authorized Provider classes, but also for mastering a new database being deployed by the Red Cross all across the country. In addition to entering student data, Tony also has the responsibility to prepare student certificates for classes.

Keith Bertrand and Patrice Robinson, who nominated Tony for the award, say that having Tony on board has been a Godsend. The volume of classes is such that it requires a volunteer with no other Chapter responsibilities to keep up with records and certificate preparation.

We are happy to have Tony Williams as a member of the office staff at the Chapter and appreciate his continuing efforts to make Health and Safety Department operations as smooth as possible.

Jackie has become an important member of the Health and Safety team over the past several months. Proficient in data entry, she assists with course record entries, billing, web maintenance and related tasks. Some of her duties she performs at the chapter and she also works from her home in Central Square.

Mike Kinahan

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Michael J. (Mike) Kinahan, was recently named Volunteer of the Month at the Syracuse office of the American Red Cross of Central New York for the month of July 2010. Mike has been a member of the chapter since October 1995 as a member of the chapter Disaster Action Team. Mike is a regular driver of the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). The ERV responds to all disaster scenes in Onondaga County and provides a place for clients to sit down and meet with caseworkers at the scene.

When the ERV is needed at a non-disaster function, such as community events and blood drives, Mike frequently steps forth to drive the vehicle.

In addition to local responses, he has deployed on nine national and state disasters, including Hurricanes Ike (2008), Katrina (2005), Ivan (2004), Charlie (2004), Floyd (2000), and Georges (1998). Additionally he responded to the 9/11 Attack (2001), the North Country Ice Storm (1998) and flooding in 1996.

Dunkin Donuts sponsors the Volunteer of the Month program by providing the Red Cross with gift cards to present to the chosen volunteers as an expression of appreciation for their efforts. Each month a volunteer is chosen and honored for the work he or she does with the Red Cross. “Our partnership with Dunkin Donuts gives us a unique opportunity to show our volunteers that they are needed, wanted and appreciated for the work they do.” If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross please visit the local chapter at 220 Herald Place in Syracuse.

Peter Rowley

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At 17 years old Peter Rowley came to the American Red Cross in search of a community organization where he could volunteer his time and fulfill a requirement for his Citizenship in the Community merit badge for his Eagle Scout. Peter had little knowledge of Red Cross services but was willing to learn and do whatever needed to be done.

For several months Peter coordinated his volunteer hours around his school schedule and worked cleaning manikins, folding training bandages, setting up for health and safety classes, and helping with various clerical duties. After fulfilling the requirements of the badge he offered to continue to volunteer whenever needed. Peter is now a student at Cayuga Community College and volunteers regularly to clean manikins and help prepare for health and safety classes.

For his commitment to both the American Red Cross and volunteering, Peter has been chosen as the Dunkin Donuts sponsored Red Cross Volunteer of the Month. Peter will be given a Dunkin Donuts gift card as a token of appreciation for his efforts.

The Volunteer of the Month program is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts who has generously provided the Red Cross with gift cards. Each month a volunteer is chosen and recognized for their contribution. If you are interested in volunteering or just want to know more about your local Red Cross please feel free to stop by at 333 West First Street in Oswego, visit the website at www.redcrosscny.org or call 343-0967.

Heather Donegan

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The Dunkin Donuts Volunteer of the Month for December at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter Headquarters is Heather Donegan. Heather came to us from SUNY Cortland in September 2010 as an intern working on her Masters Degree in Public Health.

During her time she went above and beyond the expectations of her internship and volunteered her talents to the great benefit of the Health & Safety Department. She exemplifies a “can do spirit” and “get it done attitude” that are infectious to those around her.

Heather’s contributions were pivotal in helping the CNY area chapters successfully launch a new learning management system – The “American Red Cross Learning Center.” In addition to her role with the learning center, Heather helped to develop a social media strategy for the chapter and took the lead on a contest run in cooperation with Regal Great Northern Cinemas to increase our Facebook fans. Heather’s photography skills added an extra dimension to our Wilderness First Aid Class as she captured makeup artist Lindsey Matousek’s transformation of volunteers to wilderness accident victims.

Students in several of our classes were lucky enough to have Heather as an instructor. Her years of nursing experience at the SUNY Upstate Emergency Room added an extra element of expertise for her students. Besides, her unstoppable work ethic and valuable skills the best part of working with Heather is her great smile and optimistic demeanor.

Recipients of the Dunkin Donuts American Red Cross of Central New York Volunteer of the Month Award receive a gift card good at any Dunkin Donuts courtesy of Oswego Food Service Group, LLC, the local Dunkin Donuts franchisee in Central New York, Roy Clark and Tom Santurri owners.