Volunteer Spotlight – Mercury And Global Fellowship Awards

In recognition of National Volunteer Week we are highlighting some stories about individual volunteers who made a difference in the lives of those impacted by disaster. Today we highlight the the Mercury Award and Global Fellowship award winner; Cindy Becker.

Mercury Award

mercuryThe recipient of the Mercury award is our responder of the year. This is a volunteer who is quick footed and consistently provides coverage for emerging disasters throughout the year, whether it’s the disaster desk, social media support or administrative support. This individual is selected based on the hours and responses worked during the year
Global Fellowship Award
Fellowship AwardThe Global Fellowship award is chosen by team mates for a volunteer’s contributions during the year. The recipient of this award is selected by the team for team MVP and shines in fellowship and Humanitarian Principles. This is the highest award for Humanity Road, and represents honesty, integrity, community, engagement, collaboration and commitment.

For the first time, a single Humanity Road volunteer has received both the Mercury Award and the Global Fellowship award in the same year.

We are pleased to announce that Cindy Becker has received the Mercury Award for her outstanding active response in2012. Throughout the year, Cindy responded to 165 events representing more than half of all responses forthe year in 2012.ShowThumbnail.aspx

In April Cindy activated the disaster desk in support of #NYFire in the Long Island area.  Animals in Disaster team worked an urgent need for horse trailers for evacuation of over 110 horses.  In May Cindy responded to 14 events as well as publishing articles articles for the blog including  “Happy Mother’s Day”, to all pet Mom’s and “A Pet’s Summer Wish List”, and from the Animals in Disaster Digest “Horses, Hurricanes and Floods”.  As well as “Toad Power.

Among the many events throughout the year, Cindy took part in the Great ShakeOut in October 17 and supported our UN OCHA Effort for Typhoon Pablo/Bopha. Also in October and early November she worked tirelessly in support of Hurricane Sandy.  She helped develop a cohesive multistate coverage approach during the event for which Humanity Road received much praise.  In addition to researching pet-friendly shelters and animal rescue groups for disasters monitored by Humanity Road, Cindy leads the Animals in Disaster (AiD) Team in tweeting animal preparedness information and updating its Facebook page and AiD Digest.

Cindy’s team mates have also recognized her with the Global Fellowship Award.  As team lead for Animals in Disaster, Cindy supports a group of volunteers who respond to emerging events with a focus of helping animal owners find critical information about how to prepare and shelter their livestock and pets during disaster.  Her support in helping her fellow volunteers respond to both people and animals in disaster in 2012 earned her this recognition.


Cindy is passionate about HR’s work and has spent many late nights monitoring disasters. She was a great help to me when I first began volunteering for HR and the AiD team. 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.” – Aline Carr

On Memorial Day in 2012 Cindy wrote a tribute to salute animals who serve.  Her words are quite fitting today to honor her – “Cindy you act with remarkable loyalty, faith, courage, and strength and we are in awe of your valiant spirit of giving”.