Thursday, October 27, 2011

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Today the Louisville Area Chapter is honoring the many volunteers who donate their time to fulfilling the Red Cross mission. Over the past year, our volunteers have travelled across the country responding to hurricanes, wildfires and floods. They have helped train thousands in life-saving skills like CPR and First Aid. Some used their own training to help save a life.

“Our volunteers do amazing things each and every day in our community,” says Manager of Volunteer Services, Paul Beede. “Oftentimes, they are too modest about their service. This awards luncheon is one way that we can recognize our highest performing volunteers and convey how much we appreciate their work.”

Nearly 30 volunteers will be awarded for their dedication to both chapter and blood services at today's event. Three nominees are up for the Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership:

Allen Corbin, a board member and leadership volunteer for the Oldham County Service Center, has been involved with the Red Cross since 1999, helping develop preparedness programs and coordinate fundraisers such as the Heroes Campaign and Chef Challenge.
Jacob Rutledge was part of a team of UPS workers who helped clean up the Louisville Hurricane Gustav shelter in 2008. Since then he has spoken at many events on behalf of the Red Cross and is the current Chair of the Crossing Generations Society.
Husband and wife Gary and Julie Foster are co-chairs for the Bullitt/Spencer County Disaster team. The pair are mentors to new disaster volunteers and support Red Cross fundraisers such as the annual Golf Scramble and Valentine’s Gala in Bullitt County.

Nominees for awards such as the Volunteer Rookie and Virginia T. Keeney Volunteer of the Year will also be recognized. Thanks to all of our volunteers for generously donating their time and passion to our cause!