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The American Red Cross of the North Bay honored eight individual volunteers and two community partners at its recent recognition event for Napa and Sonoma County volunteers. The annual event was held virtually in adherence with social distancing protocols outlined by the county and state. At the event, Andy Witthohn received the Gene Beck Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award.
"Not afraid to try new things, or take on new challenges, Andy quickly became one of our most steadfast and reliable volunteers in the Napa-Sonoma Territory," says Angela Hunt, a volunteer for the Northern California Coastal Region and presenter of the award. "With his energetic spirit and constant good humor, he made short work of any project he took on, and he’s taken on quite a few! We’re so appreciative for everything he does."
The other recipients of special volunteer awards at this year's recognition event are:
- Disaster Cycle Services Outstanding Support: Ben Greenberg (Sonoma) & Pam Chappell (Napa)
- Disaster Cycle Services Exceptional Response: Carli Curtis (Sonoma) & Heidi Paul (Napa)
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Corazon Healdsburg & Latino Service Providers
- General Services Award: Lindsay Peak (Sonoma)
- Sally Parks Volunteer Services Award: Brian Branley (Sonoma)
- Youth and Young Adult Award: Tyler Duchynski (Sonoma)
- Gene Beck Memorial Volunteer of the Year: Andy Witthohn (Sonoma)
Nicole Massey, Senior Volunteer Engagement Manager for the Red Cross in Napa and Sonoma Counties says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 265 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," Massey says.
Become a Red Cross Volunteer: You can make a difference in Sonoma and Napa Counties 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 visit this site.
About the American Red Cross of the North Bay: The American Red Cross of the NorthBay 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 here or call us at 1-707-577-7600 to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.