New group formed to promote Red Cross

After surviving a tornado that destroyed her house, Ginger Humphries-Hasek has dedicated her life to volunteering and helping others. Fortunately, she works for a company that has the same drive.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Augusta to support the Red Cross Leadership Society, as well as traditional Red Cross programs.

"There are so many good things about working for a company that helps others in the community," said Hasek, a senior engineer with SRNS. "It's so important to support each other. ... I wouldn't have a fulfilled life if I didn't help people."

The Red Cross Leadership Society is a newly formed auxiliary board of career professionals between the ages of 25 and 40, according to Jennifer Pennington, executive director of the ARC of Augusta. Its purpose is to promote the American Red Cross and encourage volunteerism.

"SRNS has been a supporter of the Red Cross for many years, and when they heard about this new initiative, they were excited to be a part of it," Pennington said.

The group is new to the Augusta chapter, and Pennington said only one other Red Cross chapter in Georgia has a similar group. Board of directors members David Jones and Steven Kendrick were instrumental in starting the Leadership Society.

"I was asked to become a member, and I was really excited to get involved," said Daniel Stewart, of Weirhouse advertising, graphic design and marketing. "Whether it's a tornado in our own town or an earthquake across the world, disaster affects us all."

The Leadership Society board will not focus on raising money "because the Red Cross already does tons of that," Stewart said. Instead, it will hold small events for business people to attend after work.

Although the society's board structure and committees are still being developed, plans are in place for its first advocacy event, Flirting for Disaster, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10 at the Polka Dot Pig Gastropub in Surrey Center.

"It's just to tell the community about the board, look for more members and increase awareness of the Red Cross," Hasek said.

Anyone interested in being on the Leadership Society board must submit an application and be interviewed. For more information, call the American Red Cross of Augusta, (706) 724-8481.


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