The dedicated men and women who undertake volunteer work see it as its own reward. That’s not to say, however, that a little recognition for a job well done or a commitment to exemplary service isn’t appreciated. That’s why local Red Cross chapters honor extraordinary volunteers with awards throughout the year.
The Mile High Chapter is currently accepting nominations of outstanding volunteers. The chapter has 10 annual awards, each in recognition of a different way Red Cross volunteers serve their community.
Several awards are given to volunteers for exceptional service in specific fields in which the Red Cross operates: preparedness; disaster preparedness and response; transportation services; service to the armed forces and preparedness; and health and safety services (PHSS). Awards also recognize volunteers who are part of a family dedicated to service to the Red Cross and to honor a volunteer/employee partnership that exemplifies the commitment of the Red Cross to shared leadership.
In addition to these, there are three awards that honor individuals for outstanding service regardless of service area specialization. The BJ Coyle award, named for a 22-year veteran of the Red Cross, honors those who selflessly devote themselves to serving those in need through the organization. The Volunteer Leadership award is given to an individual who demonstrates commendable leadership on any level in support of the Red Cross. Finally, there is the Honor Roll award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and service to the organization. The Honor Roll is the highest award volunteers in the Colorado Chapters may receive.
In consideration of the numerous and exceedingly destructive disasters to which the Red Cross has responded in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, as well as continued efforts to provide aid during home fire responses, many volunteers have been asked to give even more of themselves, their time and their services to the organization. Lori Geres, Regional Director of Volunteer Services for the Region, stated that the volunteers who devoted themselves to these efforts deserve recognition for their hard work. "Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization," she said. "And they should be recognized for their incredible contribution."
Nominations for volunteer awards are due to Jenny Cowen (Jenny.Cowen@redcross.org) by Aug. 12. Volunteers with someone in mind for a particular award should contact their staff supervisor for more information and the necessary forms. A regional ceremony to honor award recipients will be held in Fall 2013.