Recognizing our Broward Volunteers

By Paula Prendergast

Broward Chapter Executive Director.

The 2016 Volunteer Recognition event for the Broward County Chapter was held at the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club on May 25, 2016. It was a celebration of the hard work in the community and deep passion our volunteers have for the mission of the American Red Cross.


The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Broward County has been a success. So far this fiscal year, volunteers have installed 965 smoke alarms and helped hundreds of families create Home Fire escape plans. Our Disaster Action Team volunteers have responded to 199 incidents providing immediate needs of over 600 people. With the 2016 Hurricane Season already here, our volunteers are making final preparations – and so should you.


From left to right: Broward Chapter Executive Director, Paula Prendergast; Volunteer Bob Young; Volunteer Specialist Joe Baldelomar; Volunteers Schirka Pinto; Frances Kipperman; Disaster Services Volunteer of the Year – Helen Calvit; Tatiana Sims; Disaster Program Specialist Julia Adlet-Dye; Volunteer Services Volunteer of the Year – Pooja Kothari; Major Gift Officer Rebecca Schaffer; Services to the Armed Forces Director Natalie Rodriguez; Volunteers Heidi Omara; Rosalba Alferez; Carlo Monticelli; Jorge Rave; Preparedness Health & Safety Training Specialist, Jorge Medina and volunteer Simon Rave.

Five Year Red Cross Service Pins were awarded to 26 Broward volunteers who proudly accepted the honor. Our congratulations to all of our honoree volunteers, including the following

  • Preparedness Health & Safety Volunteer of the Year – Dr. Sean Alexander
  • Volunteer Services Volunteer of the Year – Pooja Kothari
  • SAF Volunteer of the Year – Andrea Oken
  • IS Volunteer of the Year – Karla Roberson
  • Disaster Services Volunteer of the Year – Helen Calvit
  • Philanthropy Award of the Year – Motorola Solutions
  • The Leadership Volunteer of the Year – Tommie Caporella
  • Volunteer of the Year –Jorge Rave

On behalf of the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter, our gratitude goes to all of our outstanding volunteers who give their time and talent to help our neighbors during their greatest time of need! Your can make a real difference in people’s lives. Please join our team today by visiting

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