Five Solano County American Red Cross volunteers, along with the leadership team, were among those honored by the Red Cross at a virtual event earlier this month that celebrated regional volunteers of the non-profit organization.
The recognition honors the volunteers in Solano, Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties who devote many hours of service to the Red Cross and their local communities.
“The time and energy that volunteers give every day makes the work of the Red Cross possible,” Jeff Baumgartner, executive director of the North Bay Red Cross branch, said in a statement. “Over the past year, 452 dedicated volunteers from the North Bay Chapter have contributed more than 22,955 hours to the mission of the Red Cross. They continue to work tirelessly to ensure that families in our North Bay communities will not face the next emergency alone.
The awards given to the local volunteers were:
- Disaster Cycle Services – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication Award – Ken and Paula Blackshear (Solano), Hilary King (Marin), Linda Schill (Sonoma)
- Disaster Cycle Services – Leadership Award – Ann Eichhorn (Marin), Jody Kimbrel (Solano), Cindy Jones (Sonoma)
- Biomedical Services – Donor Ambassador Program – Kathleen Olsen (Sonoma)
- New Volunteer Award – Laura Mohoff (Sonoma), Laura Ryan-Adler (Marin)
- Community Involvement Award – Kay Tsenin (Marin), Nanette Shamieh (Solano), Thom Kuk (Sonoma)
- Teamwork and Collaboration Award – Solano Leadership Team
- Organizational Support Award – Dave Simmons (Sonoma)
- Youth Services Award – Lydia Zhou (Napa)
- “Gene Beck Memorial” Volunteer of the Year Award – Merilee Guillory (Sonoma), Alisa Zhou (Marin), Pamela Ingram (Solano)
- Service to the Armed Forces – Janis Dmytriw (Solano)
Additionally, Angela Hunt of Napa and Sonoma Chapters received the Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Leadership, which recognizes a volunteer for years of service in various leadership positions.
“Hunt devotes many hours each year as the Workforce Engagement Team Leader for Napa and Sonoma Counties,” officials wrote in a news release. “She also serves as a team leader on the Local Response Management Team and the Napa-Sonoma Disaster Deployment Team. Always on the lookout for available responders to be assigned to local and national disasters, Hunt helps train new volunteers on what to expect during deployments. In the event of a disaster, she also steps in to help with personnel services. His professionalism, generosity, wisdom and advice are unmatched.
Marin County’s Marcia Antipa also received the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes volunteer contributions made throughout the 2021 calendar year that go above and beyond what is expected of them. It is the highest honor and the highest volunteer achievement awarded by the region, according to the press release.
“Antipa is a communications volunteer but also devotes time and effort to supporting other departments,” officials wrote. “She regularly writes blog posts for the Northern California coastal region, does interviews on various Red Cross topics, and is dedicated to telling the Red Cross story. She is a valued member of the team, and her personality and dedication inspire many.