United Way honors first volunteer of the month


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:15 am on Friday, January 04, 2013

Michael Carigon is the volunteer of the month for December for United Way in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Carigon serves Montcalm-Ionia MRC, Ionia County CERT, the American Red Cross and more. — Courtesy photo

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia counties and United Way Montcalm-Ionia announces its new Volunteer of the Month program.

Celebrating People in Action Volunteer Awards are given to individuals who find innovative ways to meet community needs, efforts which often lead to long-term solutions and impact social problems in their local communities.
The first Volunteer was chosen for December 2012 by the United Way office staff. They are currently recruiting volunteers to join in the Awards Committee to help select future winners and plan the annual Volunteer Awards scheduled for April 25. Monthly winners will be selected by the first Monday of each month and announced by the following Wednesday.
An online blog has been set up to announce the winner each month. The blog can be found at uwmivolunteerconnections.blogspot.com with links posted to the Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia Facebook page each time the blog is updated.
To nominate a volunteer, fill out the online nomination form or contact United Way Montcalm-Ionia for an application at iccfoodnetwork@gmail.com.
Michael Carigon is the volunteer of the month for December for United Way in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Carigon serves Montcalm-Ionia MRC, Ionia County CERT, the American Red Cross and more.
On a local level, Carigon often serves as a CERT leader, helping to develop SOPs, Communication Chains and has recently passed the CERT Train-the-Trainer course. As a volunteer, Carigon is one of the first to respond anytime a team email or call-out is sent to volunteers.
When the Red Cross offered a Disaster Action Team course to members of Montcalm and Ionia County CERT teams, Carigon jumped at the chance to take the additional training. Since then he has moved up the chain in the Red Cross to become the Disaster Action team leader and the Acting Disaster duty officer lead for the Greater Grand Rapids area.
Most recently, he was deployed to volunteer at a Red Cross shelter set up for people who were displaced by power outages due to Hurricane Sandy. During his deployment, Carigon was working in the shelter when there was a medical emergency. Responding quickly, Carigon started CPR and used the AED. By the time local responders arrived, the patient was beginning to come around. The cross-training obtained by this Citizen Corps volunteer made all the difference in the world to the patient!
Among his prizes, Carigon received $20 Lamplight Grill gift certificates, a new Volunteer Connections T-shirt, a MRC umbrella and a bag of various goodies donated by Volunteer of the Month sponsors.

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