OPELIKA, Ala. — John Penick of Auburn was named the 2007-2008 Volunteer of the Year last week during the American Red Cross/Lee County Chapter's annual Volunteer & Community Partners Awards and Recognition Luncheon.
The event, traditionally held during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, is designed to thank and recognize members of our community for their support and outstanding volunteer service in the past year. The American Red Cross is a volunteer lead non-profit organization. Volunteers are so important to the Red Cross that 95 percent of its workforce is made up of unpaid volunteers.
“There is no way Red Cross services would be available in our community without the time and commitment of our dedicated volunteers,” said Jennifer Ryan, executive director of the Lee County Red Cross. “Volunteers perform so many critical duties including responding to local and national disaster; teaching classes in CPR, first aid and disaster preparedness; sending emergency communications to members of our Armed Forces; working at blood drives and so much more,” Ryan added.
Over 80 awards were given out at the recognition event including awards for National Disaster Responders, local disaster responders, health and safety instructors, youth involvement, blood drive volunteers, community program volunteers, community partners, rookie volunteer of the year, board member of the year and the overall volunteer of the year crossing all lines of service.
Penick has been volunteering for three years with the local chapter. In that time he has become an Instructor for CPR and First Aid, has participated in fundraising and special events and now serves on the Board of Directors. Penick is actively involved in the Chapter and contributes a great deal to its overall success.