The American Red Cross of Georgia honored volunteers from across the state during its first-ever, virtual recognition event on July 30, 2020. Two volunteers from Liberty County were honored with one receiving the American Red Cross’ highest honor the Clara Barton Leadership Award.
“Our volunteers are crucial to our mission,” said Maria Center, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia. “It’s so important that we thank them and recognize their contributions to our organization and those we serve, even if that looks a little different this year.”
The event recognized the 4,229 registered Red Cross volunteers in Georgia, and the 374,102 hours they served in fiscal year 2020. Their donated time, valued at twenty-five dollars per hour, equates to 9.7 million dollars in services that helped prevent and alleviate human suffering in local communities.
The following two volunteers and partners from Liberty County Georgia, nominated by their peers, were honored for their outstanding contributions to Georgia’s Red Cross during the virtual event:
Service to the Armed Forces Award
Presented to a volunteer who demonstrates innovative and extraordinary efforts in meeting the needs of Red Cross Armed Forces customers served at the local, national or international level. Recipient’s performance and collaboration reflects positively on the Red Cross, heightens the commitment of others to the Service to the Armed Forces program and advances the organization’s goals for diversity.
• Robert Norma, Liberty County
Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award
Our highest honor, presented to a volunteer who has served in a number of leadership positions over the years, lending their personal expertise to help the Red Cross contribute valuable services to the community. Recipient demonstrates leadership in identifying and assessing organizational concerns; implementing effective solutions and providing constructive guidance to the Red Cross workforce.
• Dr. Karen Bell, Liberty County
More volunteers are always needed to carry out the Red Cross mission. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can visit redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.