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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 19 individual volunteers and three community partners at its recent Recognition event for Contra Costa 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, Jane Jennings received the Contra Costa County Clara Barton Award.
"Jane has been a member of the Red Cross for 19 years," says Briana Taylor, Board Member and Regional Disaster Chair for American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. "With her rich history of active involvement with the Red Cross, her stamina and dedication to her role as Regional Deployment Team Lead and her contributions to helping improve processes that would result in better care of our workforce, Jane is a well-deserving recipient for the Regional Clara Barton Meritorious Leadership Award."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Outstanding Support: Manny Rosario (Bay Point)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Leadership: Ellen Armosino (Martinez)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Response: Bob Rodriguez (Pleasant Hill)
- Disaster Cycle Services Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Amy Herger (Concord)
- Biomedical Services Customer Service: Barbara Breashears (Walnut Creek)
- Biomedical Services Volunteer of the Year: Irving Lee (Concord)
- Biomedical Services Donor of the Year: Betsy Hansen (Lafayette)
- Youth Services Award: Laura Huntley (Walnut Creek)
- Teamwork Award: Michael Roberts (Alamo)
- General Services Award: Steve Gilcrest (Walnut Creek)
- Community Engagement Award: Valerie Rodriguez (Pleasant Hill)
- Collaboration Award: Jennifer Lucas (Walnut Creek), Patty Nelson (Pittsburg), and Briana Taylor (Lafayette)
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Brentwood Police Department, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, and the City of Richmond
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Lance Friis (Pleasant Hill)
- New Volunteer Award: David Glazer (Walnut Creek)
- Armed Forces Award: Aki Tsuchida (Pleasant Hill)
- Volunteer of the Year: Patty Nelson (Pittsburg)
- Clara Barton Award: Jane Jennings (San Ramon)
Eva Marquez, the Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in the county says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 1,126 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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.