Recognition is not something American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers seek, but this year staff decided to honor every volunteer during a series of Volunteer Recognition Nights across the 21-county service area.
“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the chapter and we want them to know how much we appreciate what they do,” said Dave Griffith, the chapter’s executive director. “So instead of having one big appreciation night, which would make it difficult for some volunteers to attend, we decided to go on the road and take our appreciation to them with special nights in different areas of the chapter.”
The Volunteer Appreciation Night for volunteers in the Lake area was held May 2 at Christ the King Church in Lake Ozark.
“We supplied the food and two hours of fun, fellowship and appreciation,” Griffith said.
Thursday night’s event began with 30 minutes of socializing. A team building exercise involving keeping balloons floating was held followed by dinner. The evening closed with volunteers receiving certificates.
“We want every volunteer to know they are a valuable member of the chapter team,” Griffith said. “Without them, we simply could not do what the Red Cross does.”
Area partners from the Miller County Emergency Management Agency and the Camdenton Fire Department also attended.
About the American Red Cross:
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 visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.