American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts welcomes new regional Director of Volunteer Services

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Bob Bowers, formerly of The Paulist Center in Boston, has been hired as regional Director of Volunteer Services. This new position was created to help the American Red Cross meet the challenge of growing its volunteer corps and deepening their engagement in the organization’s humanitarian mission.

Bowers has decades of experience in motivating, training and supporting volunteers of diverse backgrounds. A Needham native, Bowers graduated from Boston College and St. John’s Seminary. He was an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for 21 years,developing an expertise in volunteer recruitment, development and leadership training for a variety of mission-related programs, including youth programs, food pantries, recovery programs, finance boards, leadership councils and international social justice programs.

After taking a leave of absence from his ministry, Bowers continued serving in leadership with volunteer-led programs, such as the Chernobyl Children Project USA, Por Cristo in Ecuador, and most recently at the Paulist Center. At the Paulist Center, he led efforts to engage the community in social justice and service to the poor, including training volunteers as colleagues, providing classes, seminars and support for volunteers to embrace leadership roles in dialogue and learning conversations, deepening both connections and engagement for volunteers in key roles and responsibilities.

Bowers has led and supervised hundreds of volunteers, empowering effective and mission-driven volunteer leadership. Bowers trained in facilitation, active listening skills, mediation and conflict management at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and continued training with Mediation Works, Inc., in Boston. In 2002, Bowers received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Boston College for his work with non-profits and youth.

Please join us in welcoming Bob to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts!

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