Every year, the American Red Cross honors community members who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. As part of this annual event, GMU was honored to have one of the nominees for the military category on the show: The National Ability Center(NAC).
The NAC empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Katie Richens from the NAC, and Rich Woodruff with the Red Cross, joined Emily Clark, to discuss how members of the Utah community can show their gratitude for our local heroes.
From individual activities to seven-day retreats, the NAC offers numerous individual and group programs for military members and their families. These programs are designed to develop and encourage independence and general health and wellness consistent with a balanced and physically active lifestyle, as well as provide a smooth transition from military to civilian life.
The event to honor nominees and winners will be held on Friday March 16th, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Little America Grand Ballroom downtown Salt Lake City.
Award Categories include:
- Life Time Achievement: An individual who has made an impact providing humanitarian services for more than 20 years.
- Community Service: An individual who supports a specific need to the community through their personal efforts to help others.
- Educator: An individual or individuals that created a new program, provided courses that have had an impact for many years, or did something special to educate others in safety or preparedness – something unique. Example may be the creation of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
- Family: A family member who did something significant to help a fellow member of his or her family.
- First Responder: A First Responder that went above and beyond the job expectations in a significant situation.
- Good Samaritan: An adult who uses their knowledge in prevention, preparedness, safety, or identifies a specific community need to help others, save a life, prevent an injury, or respond to an emergency.
- International: An individual or individuals that support a specific need, aligning with one of more of the American Red Cross International Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
- Military: An off-duty military person or a military family member who expended significant personal efforts to help others.
- Preparedness: Organizations or individuals that have provided a safer environment through safety training and preparedness in the workplace, at home, or in the community at large.
- Youth/Young Adult: A youth or young adult who uses knowledge in prevention, preparedness, safety, or identifies a specific community need to help others, save a life, prevent an injury, or respond to an emergency.
To nominate a hero, or for more information on registration for this event, visit RedCross.org.