Youth Volunteer Receives Top Honors

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????On March 19th Sam Craig was presented with a Humanitarian Service Award at the National Awards and Recognition Dinner. Sam has been president of the University of Georgia Red Cross Club since April 2012. He turned a struggling group that had been focused solely on blood drives into a thriving one, involving Blood Services, Disaster Response, PHSS, SAF, Marketing and Fundraising.


He has averaged more than 30 volunteer hours a week for the past two years, with the East Georgia Chapter crediting him (and teamwork) with membership growth from eight students in 2011 to 70 students in 2012, 120 students by April 2013, and more than 200 recruited for 2014. In 2012, the Club received the second-highest honor out of 600 campus organizations for the number of engaged students, philanthropy and campus impact.


Sam’s vision for greater service delivery has also grown the club’s revenue: $100 in 2011, $8,500 in 2012, $73,000 in 2013, and a $150,000 goal for 2014. He is currently working with three schools to develop Red Cross Clubs, and he helped launch a Red Cross Club at Georgia State University.


Under Sam’s leadership, the East Georgia Chapter’s intern program has grown from three interns a semester to 23. The Red Cross is proud to count Sam as a vital part of the success of the East Georgia Chapter’s ability to engage college volunteers and deliver mission services.


Have you read about Bryan Solis? He was also recognized at the National Awards and Recognition Dinner held on March 19th at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington DC. Click here to read his story! 


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