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BURLINGAME, CA (August 13, 2020) — The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 13 individual volunteers, a volunteer team, and two community partners at its recent Recognition event for San Mateo 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, Laura Hovden of Woodside received the San Mateo County Volunteer of the Year Award.
"Laura continues to fulfill multi-faceted duties across several roles, including Workforce Engagement Lead, DAT Responder and Dispatcher, and Mass Care Regional Program co-lead," says Eva Marquez, the Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in the county. "She has contributed to operations, programs and services, and to the mission of the Red Cross."
Marquez adds that Hovden "encouraged people to step into leadership roles."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Outstanding Support: Maria Caturay (Millbrae)
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Response: Barbara Wood (Woodside)
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Leadership: Ann Kuchins (San Mateo)
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Hugo Aguilera (South San Francisco)
- Collaboration Award: Stan Judkins (Half Moon Bay)
- Community Engagement Award: Jim Holley (Half Moon Bay)
- General Services Award: Lilli Horst of Millbrae
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Burlingame Lions Club
- International Services Award: Deborah Torres (San Mateo)
- New Volunteer Award: Vern Western (Foster City)
- Red Cross Cheerleader Award: The Volunteer Recognition Committee: Jackie Bell (Bellmont), Cindy Holzman (Redwood City), Laura Hovden (Woodside), Leslie Toy (Bellmont), LouAnne Williams (South San Francisco) and Diane Wilson (South San Francisco)
- Service to Armed Forces Award: Howard Hinkson (San Bruno)
- Teamwork Award: Tonya Katches (San Bruno)
- Youth Award: San Mateo County YES Team
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Mary Lee (Belmont) & Betty Fleming (Daly City)
- Volunteer of the Year Award: Laura Hovden (Woodside)
Marquez says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 435 San Mateo County volunteers. 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 San Mateo County 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
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 call 415-427-8000 or visit redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.