During the January 4th Council Meeting, HR Florida State Council President Heather Deyrieux presented the Humanitarian Award to Bay County Chapter President Tiffani Hinds and President- Elect Stephanie Conn. Created to recognize those who have given their time, talent and/or treasure, the accolade celebrates a chapter’s caring contributions made for the well-being of its community. The Bay County honorees were presented with $1,000 for their post-hurricane recovery efforts to aid the members of their chapter.
Returning to Panama City only three days after Hurricane Florence tore through the area leaving devastation in its path, Hinds and Conn began making supply runs to neighboring counties to collect provisions for their community. With supplies in tow, they spent tireless hours handing out goods at local church donation sites while attempting to reach chapter members through Facebook since many land and cell phone lines were down.
Determined to learn every chapter member’s status, Hinds and Conn drove to known places of employment looking for answers and even created an email survey to gather updates. Stepping up as the “boots on the ground,” they coordinated supply and food kits to be delivered to the community and continued these efforts throughout November and December.
With the holidays around the corner, Hinds and Conn began to strategize how they could spread some hope and holiday spirit to the recovering Panama City area. Through an Amazon “gift” registry, they were able to offer holiday items such as tabletop Christmas trees, pre-filled kid’s stockings and even toiletry kits to the hardest hit neighborhoods.
As the city continues to get back on its feet, the president and president-elect continue to push out job opportunities, free medical clinic news and other post-hurricane information to the community. In the spirit of healing and preparedness, Hinds and Conn coordinated a free Hurricane Recovery Meeting this past December, which featured a panel of experts discussing a variety of topics such as disaster response and recovery, emotional aftermath, large workforce losses, post hurricane long-term recovery planning, workers’ compensation and other workplace issues facing HR professionals.
To add to the great work conducted by Hinds and Conn, the HR Florida State Council donated gift cards and cash to the Bay County Chapter for its outstanding efforts. Further fostering the spirit of generosity, the HR Collier chapter raised and donated $1,400 in gift cards and several other chapters have or are planning to present donations or host future fundraising events.
This collaborative and caring endeavor, and results, is an example of how the Council’s chapters come together in times of need for the greater good. The Council is honored to have Hinds and Conn as members and leaders, and will be forever grateful for their efforts during this tragic time.