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The American Red Cross of the North Bay honored 29 individual volunteers and two community partners at its recent Recognition event for Solano 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, John McMahon received the Volunteer of the Year Award.
"John has been with the Red Cross since 2012 and has supported disaster responses across the nation and beyond," says Marcia Antipa, the event's emcee and communications volunteer with the Red Cross Northern California Coastal region. "John has always displayed an open and helpful attitude to all volunteers, no matter if they are brand new or a veteran volunteer. John has exhibited his leadership skills during so many of our activities, and currently serves as our Solano County Red Cross Mass Care Coordinator to keep Solano prepared to respond to disasters."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Outstanding Support: The Recovery Team: Kathleen Savage (Benicia), Paula Blackshear (Vallejo), Pam Ingram (Fairfield), Lynda Hoppenrath (Vallejo), Alzinia Pailin (Fairfield), Jody Kimbrel (Vacaville), Cathy Sagun (Benicia), Murray Sobel (Fairfield), Sandra Collister (Benicia), John McMahon (Vacaville), John Collister (Benicia)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Leadership: Alzinia Pail (Fairfield)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Response: Jim Perry (Vacaville)
- Disaster Cycle Services Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Phil Arsich (Fairfield)
- Service to the Armed Forces Award: Mirian Harvey (Suisun)
- Teamwork Award: Be Red Cross Ready Team: Michael Gaertner (Rio Vista), Ron Cohea (Fairfield), Kathleen Savage (Benicia), Nanette McKnight-Shamieh (Fairfield), Mirian Harvey (Suisun), Marilyn Hodges (Vacaville), Diane Delaney (Benicia), Michael Clarke (Benicia)
- Youth Services Award: Daniella James (Fairfield)
- General Services Award: Glenn Marshall (Suisun), Pat Timmons (Vacaville), Ken Blackshear (Vallejo), Leonard Miller (Vacaville), John Williams (Benicia), Larry Whitney (Benicia)
- Collaboration Award: Jody Kimbrel (Vacaville) and Vincent Valenzuela (Fairfield)
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Salvation Army of Solano County and Trinity Baptist Church of Vacaville
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Diane Delaney (Benicia)
- New Volunteer Award: Don Curtis (Vacaville)
- Community Engagement Award: Michael Clarke (Benicia)
- Volunteer of the Year: John McMahon (Vacaville)
Eva Marquez, Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in Solano County says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 129 Solano 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 Solano 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. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Red Cross of the North Bay:
The American Red Cross of the North Bay chapter spans the summit of Mount Tamalpais to the bucolic wine country to Travis Air Force Base, providing relief to those impacted by disasters and empowers its residents to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. A volunteer network of more than 500 youth, adults, and seniors combined with community partnerships, local government, and donors ensure the Red Cross will always be there whenever needed. For more information, visit our website at redcross.org/bayarea or call us at 1-707-577-7600 to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.