American Red Cross volunteer Annemarie Halfpap is a shining example of commitment of service to our community. Since January 2015, Halfpap has volunteered in multiple ways with the Miami Valley Ohio Chapter and the Central and Southern Ohio Region of the Red Cross. She was the recipient of the 2016 Unsung Hero of the Year Award, and the 2019 Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service.
Halfpap’s work with the Communications Department started as a regional photographer. Her flair for the graphic arts is also used to publicize all the great work being done by Red Cross either through social media or in beautifully designed regional publications. As the Volunteer Appreciation Lead, she has the responsibility of letting fellow volunteers know how important they are to the organization. Halfpap uses her artistic talents to create handmade cards and other imaginative items to send to her fellow Communications volunteers as a “thank-you” for their service.
Halfpap also works with the Red Cross awards committee to find ways to involve more people in the mission of the Red Cross and to recruit additional volunteers.
“When I see the need for something that I can provide, I do it,” Halfpap said about her multi-faceted contributions to the Red Cross.
You might say, Halfpap is a volunteering savant. From photographing many events such as Sound the Alarm—the Red Cross program to install free smoke alarms in homes—to going to monthly All Hands and multiple committee meetings, she does all she can for the Red Cross. Halfpap even gets her family members involved with the Red Cross to ensure that everyone does their part to better the lives of others. When I see the need for something that I can provide, I do it,” Halfpap said about her multi-faceted contributions to the Red Cross.
When asked how volunteering with the Red Cross has impacted her life, Halfpap replied humbly, “It enabled me to meet, and get to know, some very special people.”
The Annemarie Halfpap volunteer profile was written by Shishir Annamaneni.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to start your journey.