DETROIT, May 9 The American Red Cross - SoutheasternMichigan Chapter took time out this week to honor the hundreds of dedicatedvolunteers that have selflessly given of their time to help the Chapterprovide crucial support to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.The 2008 American Red Cross Volunteer Recognition events were held on Mondaynight at the Karas House in Redford, and Wednesday night at Club Venetian inMadison Heights.
Red Cross staff members presented several Chapter volunteer who hadreached service milestones of five, ten, 20, 35 and even 50 years of servicewith honorary pins in gratitude for their unyielding commitment to the missionof the Red Cross. Freman Hendrix, Board Chair for the Southeastern MichiganChapter, was in attendance Monday night and conveyed his passion for publicservice and his appreciation for the efforts of all Red Cross volunteers.
Volunteers support the Red Cross in the areas of disaster relief,emergency services and health and safety, and many of the most activevolunteers are registered nurses whose expertise has proved to be invaluableto the Chapter. The recognized volunteers help in such capacities as planningand presenting health and safety seminars, teaching CPR and first aid classes,providing relief to families affected by natural disasters such as home fires,providing mental health counseling during crisis situations, and helping toplan and coordinate Red Cross campaigns such as the annual Blanket Days forthe Homeless Campaign.
"The American Red Cross is a volunteer-driven organization, and ourservices to the community are only as strong as the dedication and support ofour volunteers," said Jim Laverty, CEO of the Chapter. "We are proud to honorthem for their tireless work and the valuable time and energy they give everysingle day. It is because of our volunteers that we are able to carry out ourwork of preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies in southeastMichigan."
To learn more about volunteer opportunities please visithttp://www.detroitredcross.org .
About the American Red Cross - Southeastern Michigan Chapter
Your Home Team Red Cross, the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of theAmerican Red Cross, is the organization that turns caring into action byhelping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and providingdisaster relief. We are volunteer-driven and reflect the diversity of Wayne,Oakland and Macomb counties. As part of the international Red Cross network,we are dedicated to protecting human life and dignity worldwide. To learn moreabout the Red Cross, call 1-877-788-0014 or log on tohttp://www.detroitredcross.org .
SOURCE American Red Cross - Southeastern Michigan Chapter