June 24, 2014 the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin hosted our spring Celebration of Support event. We had 260 staff, volunteers, blood donors and community members attend this annual event. Every year we honor a few volunteers who have gone above and behind. Here are their stories.
This year we could not pick one single person, because an entire team stepped up when faced with multiple adverse conditions and challenges.
First, our weather – It may be warm and sunny now, but I am sure you remember multiple sub-zero days, wind and snow. No matter what the weather was like, the team was there because they knew help was needed.
Second, thirteen year Disaster Program Manager, Judy Gregory, left on Christmas break and due to a serious medical issue was unable to return to work until April 14th.
The Red Cross story states we are an agency run by volunteers and this is a prime example of volunteers being leaders.
“It was amazing to see how the volunteers stepped up to the plate, coordinated amongst themselves, and filled in every gap to meet the challenge in Judy’s absence. Whether a large apartment fire, a single family response, or administrative tasks, they exemplified what it means to be a volunteer–led organization.” Said Travis Waack, Regional Manager, Direct Services
These wonderful volunteers went out of their way and pulled together to continue providing exceptional care to people directly affected by a Disaster.
Congratulations and thank you to our ENTIRE Territory 3 Disaster Team.