Red Cross celebrates its Marin County volunteers
SAN RAFAEL, CA (July 27, 2018) — The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 8 individual volunteers, a local church, and a local musician at its recent Recognition Dinner for Marin County volunteers. The annual event was held at Community Congregational Church in Tiburon.
At the dinner, Ann Eichhorn of Mill Valley received the Marin County Volunteer of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the support Eichhorn provided to the organization in 2017, including her work as Marin County Disaster Chair.
“Ann’s extraordinary dedication, constant willingness to help others, and a tremendous commitment has led to the success of many of our response and preparedness activities in Marin County,” said Eva Marquez, a Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in the county. “She truly cares about and embodies the Red Cross mission, consistently advocating for her fellow volunteers and the importance of recognizing their efforts.”
Trevor Riggen, CEO for the Bay Area Chapter and the entire Northern California Coastal Region, was on hand at the event to congratulate Eichhorn and the evening’s other award recipients:
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Outstanding Support: Kevin Sagar (Fairfax)
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Response: Jamie Meves (Novato)
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Leadership: Bill Eichhorn (Mill Valley)
- Administration and Support Award: Janet Rogoff (Mill Valley)
- New Volunteer Award: Micah Setnik (Novato)
- Community Engagement Award: Ron Reynolds (Novato)
- Teamwork Award: Angie Alas (Novato)
- Good Neighbor and Partnership: Community Congregational Church in Tiburon and local musician Scott De Turk
Marquez says the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its more than 80 Marin volunteers. In fact, many volunteers were honored at the event in acknowledgement of the large number of hours they devoted to Red Cross activities during the 2017 calendar year.
“Our volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross, supporting our humanitarian mission to help prevent and alleviate suffering in our communities,” Marquez says.
Photos from the dinner can be found on the Bay Area Chapter’s Flickr site at: flic.kr/s/aHsmmuNvTn.
Become a Red Cross Volunteer: You can make a difference in Marin County by becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Volunteers constitute about 94 percent of the total Red Cross workforce to carry out our humanitarian work. Red Cross volunteers are trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters, providing food, shelter, and comfort for families affected by major disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes as well as helping local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. Email arcbav@@redcross.org to get started.
About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please call 415-427-8000 or visit redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.