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Cindy Becker Receives Life-time Achievement Award
A local resident of Sausalito, California has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barack Obama, Presidential Service Awards Program. Ms. Cindy Becker responded to the Tuscaloosa Tornado outbreak 4 years ago this week.
Cindy Becker heard about the tornado in the news and about the digital disaster response work being done by Humanity Road. On May 5, 2011 she decided to become a digital volunteer to assist with the tornado recovery effort. Humanity Road was working with University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa News to support their online disaster response efforts. While assisting with the crisis map startup, Humanity Road recommended the creation of a dedicated twitter account and @RecoveryAlabama Twitter account was created. Soon after starting with Humanity Road, Ms. Becker volunteered for the role. For the remainder of the response, Cindy was the anonymous digital voice behind the @RecoveryAlabama Twitter account. In her role she shared helpful recovery information daily and responded to inquiries and requests for support.
“Today we celebrate Ms. Becker’s work and her lifetime of supporting animals and humans impacted by disaster” says Chris Roberts with Alabama University. Tuscaloosa News partnered with University of Alabama and Humanity Road for a crowdsourcing map that assisted in the Alabama Recovery program and received the Pulitzer Prize.
Based in the San Francisco area of California, Cindy is a trained registered nurse and runs a successful pet care business. She also volunteers in her local community helping people and animals with preparedness and disaster response.
In December of 2011 Ms. Becker was promoted to team lead for Animals in Disaster. She led the team for three years, building the reach and depth of the program. In response to Hurricane Sandy Ms. Becker worked tirelessly to help those impacted. She helped develop a cohesive multistate coverage approach during the event for which Humanity Road received much praise.
In 2012, Ms. Becker was recognized by her peers with the Fellowship Award for her teamwork in disaster response. Today Ms. Becker leads the fundraising arm of Humanity Road and has been instrumental in bringing new and engaging ideas to help support the work of the organization.
“Cindy is passionate about Humanity Road’s work and was a great help to me when I first began volunteering. During Hurricane Sandy, she put in many long hours monitoring and researching information for both people and animals, and she was an indispensable part of the team.” – said Aline Carr, Volunteer Management Coordinator for Humanity Road.
Humanity Road is an award winning and innovative public charity online volunteer organization. Volunteers around the world are trained to educate people and animal owners about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives. We congratulate Ms. Becker on earning this prestigious award.
The digital presentation of this award can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/
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