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SANTA ROSA, Calif. June 27, 2022 —— The American Red Cross North Bay Chapter honored 22 local residents at their annual recognition event – held virtually this year – for volunteers from Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Solano Counties on June 2.
At the event, Angela Hunt received the chapter’s top honor, the Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Leadership. Named after the founder of the Red Cross, the award recognizes a volunteer for their years of service in various leadership positions.
Hunt dedicates many hours each year as the Workforce Engagement Team Lead for Napa and Sonoma Counties. She also serves as a team lead on the Local Response Management Team and the Napa-Sonoma Disaster Deployment Team. Always on the lookout for responders who are available to be assigned to both local and national disasters, Hunt helps train new volunteers on what to expect during deployments. When disasters occur, she also jumps in to help with staff services. Her professionalism, generosity, wisdom and guidance are unmatched.
In addition to the Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Leadership, the following awards were given to local volunteers:
- Disaster Cycle Services – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication Award – Ken and Paula Blackshear (Solano), Hilary King (Marin), Linda Schill (Sonoma)
- Disaster Cycle Services – Leadership Award – Ann Eichhorn (Marin), Jody Kimbrel (Solano), Cindy Jones (Sonoma)
- Biomedical Services – Donor Ambassador Program – Kathleen Olsen (Sonoma)
- New Volunteer Award – Laura Mohoff (Sonoma), Laura Ryan-Adler (Marin)
- Community Engagement Award – Kay Tsenin (Marin), Nanette Shamieh (Solano), Thom Kuk (Sonoma)
- Teamwork and Collaboration Award – Solano Leadership Team
- Organizational Support Award – Dave Simmons (Sonoma)
- Youth Services Award – Lydia Zhou (Napa)
- “Gene Beck Memorial” Volunteer of the Year Award – Merilee Guillory (Sonoma), Alisa Zhou (Marin), Pamela Ingram (Solano)
- Service to the Armed Forces – Janis Dmytriw (Solano)
Marcia Antipa from Marin County was also honored with the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes volunteer contributions made throughout the 2021 calendar year that go above and beyond what is expected of them. It is the highest honor and volunteer achievement bestowed by the region.
Antipa is a communications volunteer but also devotes time and effort to supporting other departments. She regularly writes blog entries for the Northern California Coastal Region, fields interviews on various Red Cross topics and is dedicated to telling the Red Cross story. She is a valued member of the team, and her personality and dedication inspires many.
While the annual recognition event spotlights several key Red Cross volunteers, it is designed to acknowledge and honor the work of all local volunteers who dedicate many hours in service to the Red Cross and their local communities.
“The time and energy volunteers dedicate each day makes the work of the Red Cross possible,” said Jeff Baumgartner, Red Cross North Bay Chapter Executive Director. “This past year, 452 dedicated North Bay Chapter volunteers contributed more than 22,955 hours to support the mission of the Red Cross. They continue to work tirelessly to ensure families in our North Bay communities will not face the next emergency alone."
Become a Red Cross Volunteer:
Community members can make a difference in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Solano Counties by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Volunteers represent 90% of the Red Cross workforce, and as this year’s heightened wildfire outlook continues a years-long trend of more frequent and intense climate disasters, volunteers are continually trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters – providing food, shelter, and comfort to families; and they help local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. Red Cross volunteers also provide assistance to military members, veterans and their families; support the collection of 40% of the nation’s blood; and provide humanitarian aid across the globe. Those interested in finding the right position for their specific skills and talents can visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to get started.
About the American Red Cross of the North Bay
With local offices in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Solano Counties, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, visit our website at redcross.org/northbay or call us at (707) 577-7600. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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