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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 16 individual volunteers and one community partner at its recent Recognition event for San Francisco volunteers. The annual event was held virtually in order to adhere to social distancing protocols outlined by the county and state. At the event, Ron Mulgrew received the Volunteer of the Year Award.
"Ron led by example while handling all of the calls from clients affected by disaster during COVID," says George de Bruin, the Disaster Cycle Services Volunteer Chair for the Red Cross in San Francisco. "He was on the phone with clients, day and night, to interview them and manage the response. In addition, and certainly not the least, he is appreciated for all his sage advice, always calm, always willing to learn, and always ready to support those around him. This award is really overdue."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Outstanding Support: Aaron Teixeira
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Leadership: Zeien Cheung
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Response: Ken Reggio
- Disaster Cycle Services Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Paul Hamilton
- Biomedical Services Customer Service: MaryLynn Reise
- Biomedical Services Volunteer of the Year: Grace Lattyak
- Biomedical Services Donor of the Year: Rosanne de Vries
- Teamwork Award: Robert Berger
- General Services Award: Argentina Lario-Lago
- Collaboration Award: Marilyn Byington, Kathleen Lenihan, and Go Funai
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Gary Zellerbach Trio
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Ned Burgess
- New Volunteer Award: Robert Dolca
- International Services Award: John Chung
- Volunteer of the Year: Ron Mulgrew
Eva Marquez, Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in San Francisco says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 672 San Francisco 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 Francisco 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 email@example.com.
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.