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Sharon J. Alfred, Red Cross Senior Volunteer Journalist
 
August 16, 2010

Shino Moses regards the day he received the 2008 Best Volunteer Award from the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter as one of the most memorable moments in his life.  It meant that his work was appreciated as a valuable asset by the chapter and the community, including Atlanta’s East Indian community of which Moses is a member. 

Shino Moses, a dedicated volunteer at the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, works so selflessly and tirelessly on chapter projects that many consider him to be ���part of the regular staff��� at the chapter.
Shino Moses, a dedicated volunteer at the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, works so selflessly and tirelessly on chapter projects that many consider him to be “part of the regular staff” at the chapter.

Moses believes that by helping others, you help yourself as well.  And, according to the chapter's volunteer services coordinator Debora Barfield, “he loves to give back" to others in the community.  “If you know anything about Moses,” Barfield says, “then you know that he places a high premium on service.”

Wendy Mobley, the services specialist in the chapter’s preparedness and education unit talks about how much she enjoys working with Moses, remarking that, “he is a delight to work with because he is both a detail person and a people person; having both is rare." 

Moses received the 2008 Best Volunteer nod because of his zeal and dedication.  At the time the chapter was downsized and a staff position had been eliminated.  Moses saw the gap in services right away, and stepped into the breach. 

"Shino is very friendly, and he's always thinking ahead, so that he can assist clients to the fullest of his ability," declared Mobley.  He made it his personal mission to give uninterrupted service to the clients of the preparedness and education store.  Moses ably handled all requests for supplies such as reading materials for CPR classes and test dummies to practice resuscitation breathing techniques.

"What strikes me about Shino is his passion for the Red Cross," observed Barfield.  "He told me where his interests lay, and then asked that I place him wherever his talents would be most useful to the chapter." 

Barfield immediately recognized his talent for business management and steered him toward preparedness and education.  Once there Moses instantly made his presence felt in a positive manner, and works smoothly on projects supervised by the unit's manager Liz Zaharopoulos.  At the present time, Moses says he is working on a technology project.

Moses says he began volunteering when he was in-between jobs, and found that he had extra down-time.  He said that he immediately thought to donate his time at the Red Cross because "the American Red Cross is one of the first organizations to reach out in any situation," and he wants to be a part of an organization that so freely helps others.

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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