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Brenda Bivens named as Volunteer of the Month – November 2019

Executive Director, Mike Brown, presents certificate to Brenda Bivens

Brenda Bivens has always been one to be involved in many activities and even into retirement, she keeps herself busy volunteering with the American Red Cross. Brenda got her start with the Red Cross in 1996 as a Community Health and Safety Instructor & HIV & Aid Instructor. It wasn’t long before she was deployed to as supervisor on a Disaster Relief Operation in Washington County, Alabama.

Prior to Brenda joining the Red Cross, she held many different titles. Some of those titles were foster mom, ARC board member, regional representative (to nine countries) of the Foster Adoptive Parent Association of Alabama and Certified Nursing Assistant to name a few.

Brenda retired from the Alabama State of Mental Health Department in after 26 years of service. Here, she assisted in designing, developing and implementing the in-house Day Treatment Program at Searcy Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Alabama which was the first of its kind. Since retiring, Brenda continues to volunteer with the South Alabama chapter of the Red Cross as Community Volunteer Lead. She has held this position since October 2014. It would take twenty minutes to list all the contributions Brenda has made to the Red Cross and her community. She is an invaluable member of our Red Cross family and we are honored to recognize her as volunteer of the month.

Bivens also acts as a Red Cross Ambassador responsible for recruiting volunteers, helping with community outreach and assisting the development team with campaigns in the region. “Brenda is the epitome of One Red Cross,” said Sara Manney, Regional Volunteer Services Officer. “Brenda is always willing to help whenever needed. You never see her without a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She has been a pillar volunteer for South Alabama and the region. We are very fortunate to have her as part of the team.” Thank you, Brenda, for all that you do.

Regardless of your skillset, the American Red Cross can use your expertise and is always in need of volunteers. To learn how you can serve your community as a Red Cross Volunteer go to:

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