By: Sophie Kluthe
This week we’re recognizing a volunteer who goes above and beyond for the American Red Cross in Eastern Pennsylvania. Matthew Breidenstein, Disaster Program Specialist for the Tri-County Chapter, explains how Patty Daley embodies the spirit of volunteerism and the Red Cross Mission.
“Over the course of my tenure as the Disaster Program Specialist for the Tri-County Chapter, time and time again, Patty Daley has answered the call to provide outstanding service to those in we serve.
Ms. Daley is well known and respected in her community. She has developed strong relationships with every Fire Chief within the county and as a member of the Schuylkill Disaster Action team, these relationships have proven to be vital to helping those in our community who need us most. In addition to her duties within the DAT, she also serves as our Home Fire Campaign Lead for Schuylkill County. Again, due to the relationships she has fostered over the years and her passion to prevent fire related deaths, the Home Fire Campaign has blossomed in Schuylkill County. With leadership, she created a campaign with the Pottsville Fire Chief to install 1,000 alarms in FY18. This initiative involves over 60 volunteer firefighters encompassing all seven fire companies in Pottsville. They have surpassed this goal, and now are aiming to install 1,500 alarms in Pottsville alone by the end of the Fiscal Year. She also works the surrounding fire chiefs to ensure alarm installations are being conducted beyond the one–day Home Fire Campaigns that she also organizes throughout the year.
Schuylkill County has had a number of flooding incidents in the past couple of years that have involved opening up shelters and the bulk distribution of supplies. Her disaster volunteer experience coupled with her knowledge of the county has been critical to our effectiveness to provide mass care during the most critical of times.
Lastly, and most importantly, I have seen firsthand her directly helping with those affected by disasters. She embodies the six pillars of character with every person she helps. “
Thank you, Patty, for the generous donation of your time, and your undying enthusiasm for the American Red Cross!