American Red Cross Hiring in Southern Nevada

The Mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

To do so, we have a small number of employees to help us do so. The following positions are currently open for applications. More information and job descriptions can be found at the following links:

We Need Your Help To Make 100,000 Disaster Relief Kits

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The American Red Cross has partnered with Clean the World and Sands Cares  to build 100,000 disaster relief hygiene kits and we need your help to hit our target.  The goal of the One Project is to show that every single person can make a positive impact on the life of another. Sometimes it is the creature comforts and necessities found in the hygiene kits that will give someone the strength to pull themselves up after a disaster.

Knowing that these kits were all made by hand lets them know there are people out there who care.  We would love to have you join us on September 20th or 21st at The Venetian hotel as we work together to create kits that will be used not only locally but will also be distributed across the country to people in need. Lets show the nation just how much Las Vegas cares! Come fill bags with soap, shampoo and lotion or connect your heart to theirs and spend the day writing inspirational cards. You never know when disaster will strike and it is the little things that can make the biggest difference. All it takes is two hours of your time,  chick here to register for your shift today!

Check out the video for more information.

Can’t make the event but want to show your support go ahead and click that donate button right here -> 

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Spotlight On Local Volunteer Cristen Hodgers

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We are so excited to announce that Cristen Hodgers has been appointed to serve a 2 year term on the American Red Cross National Young Professionals Council.  This advisory board, comprised of 12 young professionals from across the nation, provides strategic advice to the Office of the National Chair of Volunteers and seeks to leverage the work experience and broad skill sets of young professionals to further the mission of the American Red Cross.

Cristen is a member  and vital asset of our Southern Nevada chapter and we could not be more proud of her for this recent appointment.  She has served the chapter as Disaster and Emergency Services Volunteer Lead and Interim Regional Disaster Program Officer. Currently, she is the volunteer counterpart to the Service to the Armed Forces Director, chair of the Red Cross Young Professionals’ Alliance Board, a disaster training instructor and a disaster responder in Mass Care Operations. Outside of the Red Cross, Cristen works at Pebble Black North America as Director of Strategic Development.

Cristen is passionate about finding ways to mitigate disasters while taking the best possible care of people, their personal assets and their surrounding environment. She has presented her research on effective interdisciplinary disaster education strategies at the 18th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine and was honored to be selected as a delegate for the United Nations 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.  She is a member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and the International Association of Emergency Managers.  When she is not volunteering or working  you can often find her outside exploring the Nevada desert.

Thank you Cristen for all that you do in service to the Red Cross.

Urgent Need For Blood

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We are in the midst of the 100 most deadly days of summer but at the same time we also have 100 days of hope! Hope that our community will respond to our call for much needed blood donations.

We have had 80,000 fewer blood donations since May than expected!

If you are looking for a way to help your community but don’t have a lot of time to give then joining us for our blood drive on August 20, 2014 from 3:00pm -7:00pm is the perfect way for you to give back.

Bring a friend! If every donor now through the end of summer brought a friend to donate, we could prevent an emergency situation.

Spaces are limited so for more information and to schedule your appointment please call (702) 369-3149 today!

You can also reserve your appointment time by logging on to redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: So NV Chapter.

As an added bonus all presenting donors will receive 2 tickets for the Marc Savard Comedy Show at the V Theatre and be able to enter to win a $100 gift card (drawing to be held at the end of August)

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter
Blood Drive
August 20, 3:00pm – 7:00pm ( by appointment only)
1771 East Flamingo Road – Training Room
For appointments call (702) 369-3149
Blood is especially needed this time of year, your donation could help save the lives of countless individuals.

 

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Pillow Case Project: What Will You Bring With You When Disaster Strikes?

We can’t stop disasters (though we wish we could) but what we can do is be prepared when disaster strikes.  The Pillowcase Project is an initiative that was inspired by the ingenious children that began using their pillowcases to grab their most cherished belongings during Hurricane Katrina.

The goals of The Pillowcase Project are to:

1. Help students become familiar with the types of disasters that affect our local area such as earthquakes,  fires and floods.

2. Inform students and, by extension, families about the importance of creating a disaster preparedness kit and plan.

 

What we have found is that by teaching one child about disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project we are able to teach an entire family.

The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is a huge supporter of this national initiative and  we are currently offering free classes for elementary school children to teach them about Emergency Preparedness.

Just this week,  we worked with a local Las Vegas Valley Girl Scout camp to teach the scouts how they can help their families be prepared for and what to do during a disaster.

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If your class or organization would like to have this fun and useful presentation delivered free of charge, please email Sean Ward at sean.ward@redcross.org. He would be delighted to arrange a presentation with your school or organization.

 

 

Calling All Red Cross Volunteers and friends…!

Hi Everyone!

The Southern Nevada chapter is supporting an event the first week of June for our Western Sales team, and we are in need of your help.

We’re looking for volunteers for helping at a convention at Paris / Bally’s the week of June 3 – 6.

AND we’re looking for volunteers and their friends to help us create a huge flashmob at a secret location. It’s going to look a little like what these folks did, only probably without the dancing – unless you want to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm9O70KpmuA

So ask your friends if they’d like to help us, and sign up for the flashmob at this link: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=m_group_events-reserve&group_id=5270&event_id=22568&return_nd=gs_home_v25

We’re looking for at least 75 people for the flashmob, so put the word out on your social media, and bring your friends. There’s a Red Cross t-shirt in it for them!

For all other shifts, please email your shift choice, your email and your cell number to lloyd.ziel@redcross.org

Here is a list of the available shifts and numbers of people needed.

June 3, Tuesday – 12p-7p  – 2 registration desk

June 4, Wednesday – 7a-10a – 4 registration desk

8a-6p – 3 floater / chaperones

830a-4p – 1 exhibit hall assistant

June 5, Thursday – 8a-6p – 3 floater / chaperones

June 6, Friday – 8a-12p – 1 exhibit hall assistant

9a-1030a -75+ volunteers to do CPR demonstration in a flash mob downtown

Hope you can help us out!

Thanks!

 

 

Red Cross Ongoing Response Following Midwest and Southern Storms

 

 

The American Red Cross is responding across the South and Midwest to help people affected by the massive storm system that has destroyed neighborhoods and left thousands without power.

 

Red Cross workers opened or supported community shelters in seven states Monday night including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Virginia. More than 100 people sought refuge in the shelters and many more visited them for meals and information about what help is available. If someone needs to find a shelter, they can contact their local Red Cross chapter or access the Red Cross shelter map on redcross.org, which is updated every 30 minutes with shelter locations by address, city, state and/or zip code.

 

Red Cross workers are providing health and mental health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected states as weather conditions permit. The Red Cross is mobilizing additional disaster workers and emergency vehicles to move into the affected states to provide additional help when it is safe to do so.

 

“It’s heart wrenching to see the destruction this storm has caused and that so many people have lost everything,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross, who is in Arkansas. “Red Cross workers are here now, providing shelter, food and comfort, and we’ll be here for weeks to help people as they begin to recover.”

 

STORM STILL A THREAT More than 75 million people are still at risk from this storm system which threatens communities from the southeast coast to the Great Lakes and into the Mid-Atlantic region. Parts of Alabama and Mississippi face the highest threat today in communities already battered by the storm Monday.

 

DOWNLOAD TORNADO APP People should download the free Red Cross tornado app onto their mobile devices. The app includes a warning siren and alert when a tornado warning has been issued and an all-clear alert when the warning expires or is cancelled. Users can find Red Cross shelters and utilize the app’s “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay. The Red Cross sent out 4.4 million severe weather notifications in the last 48 hours through its tornado app for tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings.

 

TORNADO SAFETY People should know how their community will warn them about the storm. Other steps include the following:

  • Pick a place where family members can gather – the basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs – dark, greenish clouds, a cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or roaring noise.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or severe winds. If there is access to a sturdy shelter or vehicle, abandon the mobile home immediately and go to that facility. Do not wait until the tornado is in view.
  • If someone is caught outdoors, they should seek shelter in a basement or sturdy building. If they can’t do that, they should get into a vehicle, buckle their seat belt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs, they should pull over and park, stay in the vehicle with their head down below the windows, covering their head.

 

HOW TO COPE The ongoing tornado threat is stressful for people in the storm’s path and even more frightening for residents who have faced tornadoes in the past. The Red Cross offers these steps people can take to support each other during this difficult time:

  • Take time to take care of yourself and your family. Reach out to others to offer and receive support.
  • Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
  • Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration, anxiety or difficulty sleeping.
  • Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.
  • People should also be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the storm.
  • To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

 

HOW TO HELPThose who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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