Red Cross honors Cunningham
Holly Cunningham recently received the Exceptional Volunteer Award for her work with the American Red Cross in the Kentuckiana region. The Corydon woman is a case-work supervisor for the organization and has about nine case workers who report to her.
This award is given to volunteers at the Red Cross who are deemed an “invaluable part of relief efforts and work to end human suffering in the region and across the world.” Volunteers are encouraged to nominate their peers to receive this award, and then staff for the Red Cross chooses the winners based on the nominations.
Cunningham will have volunteered for the American Red Cross for two years in September. Ninety percent of the Red Cross’ work is carried out by its volunteers, and, as a case-work supervisor, Cunningham makes sure her team is supported with resources to help flood or fire victims.
Recently, Cunningham has worked to approve funds for virtual COVID-19 training.
“Having peers and people I work with nominate me for this award felt so humbling and amazing,” Cunningham said. “I have spina bifida, which is a birth defect that affects my spine, so I needed something I could do from home and the American Red Cross has been an amazing organization to work for.
“I was so excited to receive this award,” she continued. “When I found out the day they planned to bring the award to me, I didn’t schedule anything for the whole day because I was so excited.”