Lillian Garcia, Red Cross Regional Volunteer Services Officer; Bob Wiedower and David Emerson, Red Cross CEO for Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region.

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North Phoenix resident receives Red Cross Volunteer Leadership Award


PHOENIX – Bob Wiedower of Phoenix has received the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award from the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter. He was among nine people presented with Red Cross volunteer awards during a celebration on April 16.

Wiedower has served four years on the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso board and as chairman for the past two years. He has participated in home fire alarm installation walks, numerous Service to the Armed Forces events, and various chapter activities. He has served on the Award Nomination/Selection Committee and has taught classes on how to write an award nomination for the Phoenix and Tucson chapters. Through presentations to various organizations, Wiedower helped secure financial donations, raise public awareness, and recruit volunteers.

Wiedower became a Red Cross volunteer as a way to give back to the community since the Red Cross helped him many times during his Marine Corps career. His son is on active duty and Wiedower knows that the Red Cross will be there for him and his family if he ever needs assistance.  

“The Red Cross helps people when they need help the most. Whether it’s because of a disaster, family emergency, accident, etc., we’re there whenever the community needs us,’’ Wiedower said. “The Red Cross does not judge people or their situations. We don’t care how or why the extreme conditions occurred. We are solely there to ease suffering and remove them from danger.’’

For more information about volunteering, call the Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter at (602) 336-6660 or go to