The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
by Kimberly Motschman-Cribb
The volunteer we are recognizing this month for exceptional performance and extensive personal commitment is very active in Disaster Cycle Services and Preparedness Health and Safety Services. Both lines of service have been extremely busy over the summer, especially in the month of June. This extraordinary volunteer began his volunteer career here at the Mid-South Chapter in January 2014. In this short time, he has been trained as a Disaster Action Team (DAT)Member, a Disaster Responder, and as a Preparedness Health and Safety Services (PHSS) Instructor.
Nominated by PHSS, this volunteer completed the CPR/First Aid Instructor course in May and observed only two classes before teaching on his own. Due to his contribution, all PHSS classes were taught by volunteers for the month of June, therefore allowing PHSS to meet their year-end goal of 100% volunteer utilization. This outstanding volunteer led over half the CPR/First Aid classes in June by himself! The evaluation comments from his classes reflected the outstanding job he did as an instructor.
We are proud to announce that our first Plough Foundation Volunteer of the Month is Jeffery Harris. We are honored to have him serve across service lines and to be cross trained where he can serve the American Red Cross wherever we have a need. When not serving his local chapter, Harris works full time at Methodist Alliance and spends time with his family. Although Jeffery spends the majority of his time teaching PHSS classes for the chapter, he still found time to assist during the July 4th holiday weekend for the disaster relief operation at the chapter after severe flash flooding displaced over a hundred families from their homes. We are grateful for Jeffery’s service and thankful that we can honor him as the July Volunteer winner for his commitment to the Red Cross.