In accepting the check, James Hastie, major gifts officer for the American Red Cross of Central New York, said, "We're very proud to accept this gift - I've been involved in fundraising for 20 years and I'm still amazed by the power and enthusiasm of students when they set their minds on reaching a goal."
Hastie also noted, "I also ask people to remember the Red Cross disaster relief services - we have assisted the survivors of 19 fires in Onondaga and Oswego counties alone since Thanksgiving Day. We depend on philanthropists in the community to maintain our ability to help those in need."
Rivera has been a member of AmeriCorps VISTA since August of 2010. She is spending her year of full-time service with the Red Cross, helping to address the needs of low-income communities. Her work is focused on building permanent infrastructure to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Visit americorps.gov for more information. To find out more about services provided by the American Red Cross, visit RedCrossCNY.org.
For more information about Cazenovia College's Human Services Club, contact Professor Mary Handley, the director of the Human Services Program, and adviser to the Human Services Club, at 655-7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.