December 2017 Celebrating Volunteers Winner

Lucas Phillips, Buckhannon-Upshur High School Student

Recognized for His Work with the American Red Cross

Upshur County teen recognized as volunteer         

     The American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. They can be seen throughout our region helping out with local emergencies that affect a few families or with massive statewide and national emergencies that affect thousands of people.  Having the ability to provide that assistance is all based on two things, the availability of volunteers and the donations received from warm and friendly neighbors such as yourself.    

     With a presence in nearly every community in the United States and around the world, many of the local Red Cross chapters are staffed by volunteers that have come from families that have worked with the Red Cross for generations.  It is through their hard work that you and your neighbors are protected and receive the assistance that is needed during crisis situations like fires, flooding, and natural disasters. The American Red Cross supplies the services, manpower, and funds that are needed to begin rebuilding lives.   

American Red Cross logo     As a volunteer for the Red Cross, local Buckhannon chapter, Lucas Phillips works under many hats.  He assists during his free time during blood drives and local recovery efforts.  He works with his classmates to help raise funds that support these important programs.  With the history he has of volunteering and the generational volunteer history shown through his family, including his mother, Lucas has assisted a large number of people in the Upshur County area.  His dedication has led The Miley Legal Group and WBOY-12 to recognize him as this month's Celebrating Volunteers Award Winner.   

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     “It is important to recognize the youth in our community that have dedicated their free time to volunteer at organizations such as the Red Cross,” Marisa Matyola of WBOY stated.  “Lucas has shown that organizations can rely on future generations to help sustains their mission for years to come.”

     "I always enjoy speaking with each volunteer we recognize to get a little background on why they volunteer and Lucas's response was very encouraging with all of the stigma surrounding Millenials and future generations," said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group.  “He is a shining example of what a hardworking and dedicated young man can do to support his community and affect change directly within his school, through his leadership.”

     The vital work of the American Red Cross is only possible because of the volunteers within each community that work directly with the local chapters to meet the needs of each particular program or situation.  “Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross,” according to RedCross.org.  With nearly 64,000 disaster responses every year, volunteers are an integral part of what the Red Cross accomplishes. 

     When speaking of his friends in school, Lucas stated to WBOY that “I encourage them to volunteer in their community.  It’s not always boring, it’s really fun.” 

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celebrate volunteers logo     The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves but their organization.  They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name.  Gretchen Ross of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public.   The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.

     “I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities,"  Miley stated.  "The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.” 

     We look forward to recognizing a number of worthy individuals while giving their organizations a part of the spotlight.  The program will continue recognizing volunteers throughout the coming year.  In order to nominate a volunteer to receive this award, please click on the Celebrating Volunteers logo.

For more information on the American Red Cross, visit their website at RedCross.org.