Nominations due by November 26, 2021
Riverside, Calif. (November 3, 2021) – The local American Red Cross is looking for heroes, and they need your help. If you know someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties, the Red Cross asks you to nominate them for its Annual Inland Empire Heroes Awards, to be held on March 8, 2022 at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.
“The Inland Empire is home to many incredible individuals making a positive impact on our communities,” said Lois Beckman, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Riverside County. “If you know an ‘ordinary’ person with extraordinary courage, we encourage you to nominate them to be recognized at our Inland Empire Heroes Awards.”
The Annual Inland Empire Heroes Awards honors those who make an impact through their brave and compassionate actions and who demonstrate a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Since the event’s inception, the Red Cross has honored dozens of local heroes from across the Inland Empire – from service members to first responders to animal heroes, young humanitarians, philanthropic businesses and many others.
Nominations are currently being accepted in the the following categories:
- Animal Welfare Hero: Presented to an animal that has protected a human or another animal in a time of need, to a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation, to an animal that is making a difference to impact someone’s life, or to an individual that cares for animals.
- Corporate Hero: A business or organization that has contributed significantly to the American Red Cross mission and made a positive impact in our community.
- Disaster Services Hero: An individual or an organization that has exhibited heroic efforts in any or all of the areas of disaster services, including preparedness, response or recovery during a natural disaster or emergency situation through mission-driven response assistance to people in need.
- First Responder Hero: Presented to a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder or responder in the medical or healthcare field. This award is presented to a person or persons who has exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency, on or off-duty, through acts of courage or selflessness.
- Gift of Life Hero: An individual or group that supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross through blood or platelet donations or inspiring others to give blood or platelets.
- Good Samaritan Hero: Presented to a person that has demonstrated outstanding heroism, skill, commitment or resourcefulness in attempting to save one or more lives by utilizing skills aligned with those taught in Red Cross programs such as CPR/AED/First Aid or other health and preparedness training.
- Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Presented to a member or members of the armed forces (active or veteran, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose heroic action(s) demonstrated exceptional courage or improved the welfare of the military community. This award may be presented posthumously and may also be awarded to ROTC members or civilians/organizations that have made a significant impact on the military community.
- Youth Hero (age 18 or younger): Presented to a youth in the community who has demonstrated courage, initiative and/or compassion in the spirit of the American Red Cross in service to another individual or the welfare of the region.
“We need the public’s help to identify everyday heroes in our community who should be celebrated for their contributions,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of San Bernardino County. “Nominating a hero is quick and easy - we hope that people will come forward to nominate deserving locals whose inspirational stories may otherwise go untold.”
Nominees must reside, work or be active in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties or the acts of courage or humanitarian service must have occurred in one of these counties. The heroic act must be either an ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year or must have occurred in 2021.
For more information, to download a nomination form, or to submit a nomination online, please visit redcross.org/IEHeroes. Nominations are accepted year-round. To be considered for the 2022 Inland Empire Heroes Awards, nominations must be received by November 26, 2021.
For more information, please contact Regional Director of Development Amy Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-358-4595.
About the American Red Cross Southern California Region
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 public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to carrying out disaster preparedness and response programs, blood collection, health and safety training, international services programs and supporting the military community, the Southern California Region provides nutritional counseling through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in San Diego and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with us on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and YouTube.