Monday, October 24, 2011

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Family

Blog post by Elizabeth Murphy, Volunteer Retention Specialist for the American Red Cross

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, Mother Nature couldn’t have given us a better day to have the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Family Day. Nearly 100 members from our local American Red Cross family came out to the Dallas Office to bounce around in the tropical bouncy house, play carnival games, eat mega-yummy food from Jacks ChowHound and rock out to Hackberry Road.

With Halloween right around the corner, everyone took a turn dressing up in our vintage Red Cross uniforms to have their photo snapped.

Jacks Chow Hound, a Dallas area food truck, supplied the fare and on the menu was their trademark pulled pork grilled cheese which is A-Mazing! They’re always on the road and I found them on Twitter @JacksChowHound.

The guys in the Hackberry Road band were a lot of fun and played everything from Dave Mathews Band to Stevie Ray Vaughn. To top it off, they’re great guys.

The little ones had fun bouncing around which I think was fueled by all the deserts that volunteers brought to share.

At the event, we recognized our Volunteer of the Quarter. The award for this quarter went to super-woman Beth Bormann, the Mass Care Volunteer Partner, for her work putting together the Shelter Operations course materials, training her regional teammates and generally being the dedicated and inspirational volunteer that she is. Congrats to Beth!

All-in-all it was an amazing day to celebrate our volunteers, the whole reason we at the American Red Cross can do what we do every day.

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