The American Red Cross in Georgia honored volunteers from across the state, including one from Thomasville, at a virtual recognition event on August 5, 2021.
The annual event took place virtually for the first time in 2020 and was broadcast online again this year due to COVID-19.
The event recognized the 3,531 registered Red Cross volunteers in Georgia, and the 324,274 hours they served in fiscal year 2021. Their donated time, valued at $ 26 an hour, equates to $ 8.7 million in services that have helped prevent and alleviate human suffering in communities.
The following 14 Central-South volunteers and partners, nominated by their peers, were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Georgia Red Cross during the virtual event:
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award – Mark Harmon (Thomasville)
Demonstrated exceptional performance and considerable personal commitment to a specific service or project that has contributed to the improvement or expansion of Red Cross services to the community.
Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year – Jan Kicklighter (South Central)
Presented to a volunteer who fosters innovative relationships between their organization (s) and the Red Cross and contributes to priorities regarding blood product safety and a strengthened blood program.
Blood Services Volunteer of the Year – Becky Reardin (Dudley)
Presented to a Blood Services volunteer with exemplary leadership skills who has volunteered for at least a year and has made an outstanding contribution to Blood Services and the community.
Blood Sponsorship Group of the Year (Education) – Cook County High School (Hope Weaver) (Adel)
Presented to a sponsoring group who organized at least three blood drives and collected 50-100 pints per drive.
Board of Directors Leadership Award – June Mercer (Valdosta)
Recognizes a member of the Board of Directors who has rendered important and exceptional service to the Red Cross Board of Directors, thereby contributing to the success of the Local
Disaster Action Team Member of the Year – Paul Williams (Dublin)
Presented to a member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) who has gone above and beyond when called in to respond over the past year and has demonstrated outstanding performance in the will to serve the clients.
Disaster Preparedness Award – Janine Cameron (Dublin)
Presented to a volunteer over two years old who demonstrates exceptional initiative around the disaster cycle service readiness mission. The recipient fosters collaborative relationships with other Red Cross and community partners, develops creative solutions to achieve preparedness goals and paves the way for better preparedness in our communities, resulting in a more effective response in the event of a disaster.
Disaster Response Award – David Woodburn (Dublin)
Presented to a volunteer over two years of age who demonstrates exceptional initiative in identifying and / or carrying out the disaster response mission. The recipient helps maintain Red Cross preparedness by skillfully recruiting, motivating and coordinating a sufficient number of staff, volunteers and representative community groups as disaster responders, and demonstrates cultural sensitivity, sensitivity and creativity to reach diverse audiences.
Bon Voisin Award – Dr Emmett Black (Center-Sud)
Recognizes an organization that has partnered with the Red Cross to promote awareness of the mission of the Red Cross and expand the reach of the communities that the Red Cross is able to serve.
Armed Forces Service Award – Andrew Neal (Valdosta)
Presented to a volunteer who demonstrates innovative and extraordinary efforts to meet the needs of Red Cross Armed Forces clients served locally, nationally or internationally. The recipient’s performance and collaboration reflects positively on the Red Cross, reinforces the commitment of others to the Service to the Armed Forces program, and advances the organization’s diversity goals.
Volunteer Leadership Award – Willis Roberson (Fitzgerald)
Introduced to a volunteer who has supported exceptional leadership for many years while taking on increasingly challenging responsibilities and advancing the organization’s goal of achieving the full diversity of our employees, programs and services.
Volunteer Services Award – Marlene Thrawley (Valdosta)
Introduced to a volunteer with exceptional skills in recruiting, motivating and / or coordinating sufficient staff, volunteers or groups to support Red Cross preparedness while helping to ensure that our workforce is more and more representative of the communities it serves.
Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award – Mark and Connie Fleetwood (Moultrie)
Our highest honor, given to a volunteer who has held several leadership positions over the years, bringing personal expertise to help the Red Cross provide valuable service to the community. The grantee demonstrates leadership in identifying and assessing organizational problems, implementing effective solutions, and providing constructive advice to the Red Cross workforce.
More volunteers are always needed to carry out the mission of the Red Cross. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can visit redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply to volunteer.