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Red Cross volunteers are truly amazing. In order to give special recognition to those who continually go above and beyond, each year we undertake a thorough nomination process to select an elite group of volunteers to receive our Regional Volunteer Awards. This year’s winners are all dedicated, inspiring supporters of the Red Cross, and we’d like to introduce you to them through a series of three blog posts. Please join us in congratulating and thanking these wonderful volunteers!
Distinguished Volunteer Leader
Karen is a kind and compassionate leader who brings a wealth of skills to both the Twin Cities Area Chapter and the Northern Minnesota Region. In the past year she led Disaster Assessment teams during the Duluth flooding response, served as a Human Resources consultant and Staff Relations Lead within Emergency Services, and worked with the Regional Advisory Team to develop and implement the new disaster leadership structure. She is an instructor and also regularly deploys both locally and nationally; in the past year she and husband Rick served for two weeks as Emergency Response Vehicle drivers after Hurricane Isaac, and also assisted after the Northern Minnesota Wildfires.
Disaster Mental Health Team
Outstanding Volunteer Group
The Disaster Mental Health (DMH) group is a quiet pillar of support among disaster clients, volunteers, and staff across the region. Anytime there is a situation that requires emotional support – whether that is a fire, loss of a pet, loss of life, stress, or a need for comfort and resources – the DMH team is ready to serve at all hours of the day and night. Volunteers from this team are called out on every major national disaster. Within the region, the DMH team calls each volunteer when they return from deployment – which included over 130 calls during the Superstorm Sandy response. This group often goes unnoticed because their work is confidential, but for those who are served, they are truly invaluable.
Ellie Deans, Ian Deans, Hannah Holstein, Natalie St. Martin
St. Croix Valley Chapter Board Members – Youth Volunteer Leadership
Natalie, Ellie, Hannah and Ian serve on St. Croix Valley Chapter Board of Directors. They also support other service and program activities in our community as Red Cross volunteers. Their volunteer activities have included Holiday Mail for Heroes, driving the Emergency Response Vehicle, and assisting with fundraising events like the Evening in Red and FORE the Red Golf Tournament. These four young people are a wonderful example of youth involvement with the American Red Cross.
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