Local Red Cross Chapter Salutes Two Volunteers

SPRINGFIELD — At the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter, more than 100 volunteers know the satisfaction of helping others. The chapter is pleased to salute Jim Donahue of Springfield and George Robichaud of Monson for their dedication to the American Red Cross.

Donahue has volunteered at the chapter for 40 years and recently received his 40-year pin at the American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Luncheon. He has donated his time over the years as a volunteer in just about every department of the chapter, including the Disaster Action Team and Service to Armed Forces Call Center. He also served as the chapter safety officer, conducting building inspections and making sure the chapter is compliant with OSHA regulations.

“Here’s someone that has committed his time and talent and is dedicated to our organization, not only to our mission and the clients we serve, but as part of the team,” said Brenda Brouillette, deputy director of Chapter Services for the chapter. “Jim has been instrumental in mentoring and training new volunteers. He inspires the other volunteers to try to get their 40-year pins.”

Robichaud not only served the community as fire chief in Monson, he has also been volunteering with the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter for four decades. He is currently in his 44th year as a Red Cross volunteer and received his volunteer appreciation pin at the chapter’s annual picnic in August. He has served the chapter for 43 years as a health and safety instructor, teaching CPR and first-aid classes.

“Here at the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter, a large percentage of our volunteers stay longer than volunteers traditionally stay at nonprofits, and we are very proud of that,” said Brouillette. “We feel that the volunteers are part of our organization and really make the experience better for the staff, other volunteers, as well as the clients and customers we serve.”

For more information about the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call (413) 737-4306 ext. 1905 or visitwww.redcrosscwm.org.