The national leadership awards were presented recently at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year a new national-level award was established to recognize a volunteer who has made an impact on the Red Cross, the community and the clients we serve in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, or recovery. The Bob Hassmiller Excellence in Disaster Services Award is named in memory of, and as a legacy to beloved Red Crosser, Bob Hassmiller.
From home fires to hurricanes, Bob touched the lives of countless people during his 37 years with the Red Cross. He volunteered during numerous disasters, September 11 Recovery, Florida Hurricanes in 2004, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Bob was also Chairman of the Board with the Red Cross in Central Virginia where he was active on their Board of Directors until his retirement in 2012. Since his retirement, he has dedicated his life’s work to the Red Cross in New Jersey. In addition to serving as a disaster responder, Bob was also active in Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces and International Humanitarian Law programs and routinely donated blood to help patients in need.
The first ever Bob Hassmiller Excellence in Disaster Services Award was presented to David Williams of Anchorage, Alaska. David has been volunteering with the Red Cross at the chapter, regional, and national levels for 18 years serving in roles including Disaster Action Team captain, Job Director, as part of the national Casework and Recovery team, as an advanced instructor in Disaster Cycle Services, as a Master Instructor in Volunteer Services, and as a Regional Disaster Officer (RDO) Volunteer Partner. In his current role as RDO Volunteer Partner, David helps develop the strategic plan for the Disaster Cycle Services Program in Alaska, implements new systems and programs, and trains staff and volunteers. As part of the national Casework and Recovery team, he deployed a division-wide management tool for a program that serves 65,000 families every year, working across a broad range of regions with thoughtfulness, compassion, and respect. David has volunteered for more than 20 regional and national disaster relief operations and is known for his invaluable guidance, creative problem-solving, unique sense of humor, calm approach during difficult situations, and for always putting the needs of clients first.
The American Red Cross New Jersey Region salutes David Williams for his dedications and compassion.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. For more information or find a volunteer orientation near you, visit redcross.org/NJ.