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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 20 individual volunteers at its recent Recognition event for Alameda County volunteers. The annual event was held virtually in order to adhere to social distancing protocols outlined by the county and state. At the event, Dave Dorman received the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award.
"Dave has been a member of the Red Cross for 18 years. He exemplifies the best in our volunteers," says Michael Gregory, Alameda County Leadership Council Chair. "He has been a constant fixture within the regional leadership for years and shows no sign of slowing. I can't think of anything that he wouldn't do if called upon, and he never seems to be in a bad mood. He consistently pushes for consensus and standardization in our programs, and is a forward thinker in our logistics, with the vision to help develop our program further."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Leadership: Roseanne Packard (Berkeley)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Response: Abiodun (Abby) Hassan (Oakland)
- Disaster Cycle Services Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: John Earthy (Concord)
- International Services Award: Ola Alani (Oakland)
- Biomedical Services Customer Service: John Gee (Oakland)
- Biomedical Services Volunteer of the Year: John Eckhouse (Oakland)
- Biomedical Services Donor of the Year: Vandi Lindstrot (Oakland)
- Teamwork Award: Ken Lem and Devindra Sandhu (Oakland)
- General Services Award: Kathy Clark ( Alameda) and Tony Fung (Pleasanton)
- Community Engagement Award: Carolyn Kemp (Oakland)
- Collaboration Award: Pat Hadley (Oakland) and Jim Burns (Santa Cruz)
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Bay Area Youth EMT and Co-Founder Wellington Jackson
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Martha Fateman (Berkeley) and Jack McCredie (Alameda)
- New Volunteer Award: Bill Godwin (Berkeley)
- Service to the Armed Forces Award: Rosalind Miller (Alameda)
- Volunteer of the Year: Cyndi Stanfield (Berkeley)
- Regional Volunteer of the Year: Dave Dorman (Oakland)
Eva Marquez, Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in Alameda County says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 1,126 volunteers in Alameda County. In fact, many other volunteers were honored at the event in acknowledgment of the many hours they devoted to Red Cross activities during the 2019 calendar year.
"Our volunteers exemplify the Red Cross spirit and mission in both words and deeds," Marquez says.
Become a Red Cross Volunteer:
You can make a difference in Alameda by becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Volunteers constitute about 94 percent of the total Red Cross workforce to carry out our humanitarian work. Red Cross volunteers are trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters, providing food, shelter and comfort for families affected by major disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes as well as helping local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/bayarea or find us on Facebook and Twitter.