Volunteer Spotlight: Bao Dang of NH Red Cross

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NH Red Cross volunteer Bao Dang of Manchester, winner of 2013 International Humanitarian Award 

Red Cross Services volunteer Bao Dang accepts the 2013 International Humanitarian Award in Washington, D.C.
Red Cross Services volunteer Bao Dang accepts the 2013 International Humanitarian Award in Washington, D.C.

 


MANCHESTER, NH – Bao Dang of NH Red Cross earned the International Humanitarian Award for her volunteer efforts. Dang became the first New Hampshire Red Cross volunteer to be presented with the International Humanitarian Service Award.

Dang was just 13 years old when a Japanese freighter rescued her and her family from a crowded boat off the coast of their native Vietnam. She first learned about the Red Cross during the two years she spent in refugee camps (first in the Philippines and then in Japan) before immigrating to Nashua, in March of 1991.

The award recognizes an individual or group whose work exemplifies or inspires the humanitarian values of human dignity, respect and compassion implied in the Fundamental Principles of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

“I am excited by this honor, but I am not looking for awards,” she said. “I just like having the opportunity to be helping people and to give something back.”

Dang, a mechanical designer, has served both as a NH Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer and as a volunteer partner with our International Services program, where she has an outstanding success rate in performing casework for our Restoring Family Links program (that reconnects family members after war or disaster).

Volunteer Opportunities

The American Red Cross depends largely on volunteers like Bao who are trained to help prepare their communities for emergencies, teach  lifesaving skills, connect families or simply lend a helping hand to their neighbors in need.  In return, our volunteers receive fulfillment, enrichment, gratification and a renewed spirit of belonging and giving.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area, go to the American Red Cross of New Hampshire website or download the Team Red Cross app. Each year, more than a million Americans work as Red Cross volunteers. Join Team Red Cross and discover how you, too, can make a difference.


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