Red Cross honors Scottsdale resident for exceptional volunteer work

Leah McCormack will be honored by the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter with the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale resident Leah McCormack will be honored by the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter with the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award for her volunteer work behind the scenes helping people impacted by disasters.

Ms. McCormack is among 10 Valley residents who will be recognized during the Red Cross annual volunteer awards ceremony March 23 at the Black Canyon Conference Center.

Ms. McCormack’s expertise is valued throughout the Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region. Since 2006, she has donated more than 12,000 hours, according to a press release.

“I enjoy being able to help people, both other volunteers and our clients,” she said in a prepared statement.

Ms. McCormack, 65, serves as the Volunteer Partner to Ashley Fairchild, regional volunteer services officer in the Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso Region. She is the Disaster Action Team coordinator for the North Valley DAT where she trains incoming volunteers and recognizes contributions of team members. She also is the Regional Training Lead for Disaster Cycle Services.

She works across Red Cross department lines supporting Disaster Cycle Services and Volunteer Services with the Red Cross EDGE Learning management system.

“Leah is a mentor and resource to anyone who has the pleasure of working with her,” Ms. Fairchild said in a prepared statement.

The Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter serves 4.83 million people across Maricopa, Pinal and Gila counties, as well as Luke Air Force Base.

About 530 adult and youth volunteers are trained to use their Red Cross skills to help save lives. Volunteers assist families during disasters including house fires, flooding and forest fires. Red Cross volunteers also train people in life-saving skills, water safety, and fire safety. In addition, the Red Cross helps keep Arizona’s military families connected by relaying critical messages around the world.

“The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope,” said Kurt Kroemer, CEO for the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region. “There are always trained individuals nearby ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.”

For more information about volunteering, call the Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter at 602-336-6660 or go to RedCross.org/Arizona.

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