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Needed: Public Affairs Volunteers to Help Tell the Red Cross Story

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Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. That means a Red Cross volunteer mobilizes to make sure that a family is given the means to find shelter, food and clothing when they suddenly find themselves displaced.

Red Cross Public Affairs volunteers alert the media and our friends on social media that the Red Cross team is on the go, helping families to find their way back after the painful confusion that being displaced can bring. These highly trained volunteers work with local media as spokespersons during a large disaster, and send press releases and other information every time a Red Cross team is deployed. In doing so, we ensure that the community is notified when the Red Cross is in action.

These volunteers are also taught to tell the story in the digital space by posting to social media. Social media experts teach any new volunteers how to best leverage and post social media to again show the community when the Red Cross is on the move.

Volunteers work shifts – day, night or weekends, and are asked to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month.

An easy way to gain volunteer experience and hours, this volunteer capacity can also train you for working with the media.

Interested? Go to http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1  Enter your zipcode, and select “Communications / PR” in the drop down menu.

Questions? Email frank.rutkowski@redcross.org

Enter the “March Is Red Cross Month” Video Conest

 

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Tell Your Red Cross Story

March is Red Cross Month Video Contest

 

March is Red Cross Month, and we’d like to see what the Red Cross means to you.

Use your phones or cameras and make a short movie that explains your experience with the Red Cross, what you do for the Red Cross, or what the Red Cross has done for you.

We’d like to see your creativity and experience. Show us what you think the world needs to know about American Red Cross volunteers and the work that they do.

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Deadline for submittals is 3pm Pacific Time on March 27, 2015.

Tell a story that shows how you help the Red Cross Mission or how the Red Cross affects your life or your community. Your point of view or topic can come from many sources:

Student                                                             Volunteer                                               Disaster survivor

Funds Donor                                                   Blood Donor                                          Blood Recipient

Medical Professional                                     Fire or First Responder Professional/Department

First Aid Provider                                          First Aid Recipient                                Veteran

Service To Armed Forces Volunteer          Service to Armed Forces Recipient

 

Guidelines for participating:

  • No experience necessary – a great message counts, not necessarily how slick the video looks.
  • 15 seconds to 1 minute
  • Don’t use copy written music – if you use music, make sure that it’s free to use, or make it yourself in an app.
  • Don’t get in trouble – respect people and property.
  • Submit as many videos as you like – We’d love to see all your inspiring stories.
  • Try to have a Red Cross symbol in the video.
  • You can use movie apps.
  • Get permission of people in your video – if you’d like to use someone outside your group or family, please get their permission.
  • Submit your video by uploading it on YouTube or Vimeo and filling out the submission form attached below, and emailing the link and the form to Lloyd.ziel@redcross.org.
  • Prizes will be American Red Cross merchandise, and will be determined by the size of your team.

 

Submission form: mircm-vid-submission-form1.pdf

 

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at Regional Headquarters

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed to Train School Kids In Red Cross Preparedness

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The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to teach our Pillowcase Project curriculum in local schools for 3 – 5 grade kids. You’ll teach them how to make a kit, calm themselves during emergencies and emotional times, and how to enlist their family in making emergency plans. Many schools are coming up, so many instructors are needed.

Training will be as follows:

  • February 7th – Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Training Session to be a Pillowcase Project Presenter

American Red Cross Office

1771 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 206B

Las Vegas, NV 89119

Note: Please complete Volunteer Connection Registration to become an American Red Cross Volunteer & the 2 hour online training before attending this training session PLEASE

https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/the-pillowcase-project-presenters/

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Rivera at  702-697-1710 or lynn.rivera@redcross.org

Red Cross Disaster Training Institute Set for Jan. 22 – Feb. 5

It’s Disaster Institute Time!  Want to learn how to run a shelter or what is involved with disaster assessment?  These are just 2 of the classes being offered during our January Disaster Institute which runs from January 22nd until February 5th.  This is a great opportunity to find out what other positions do and learn a new skill.   To look at the offerings and sign up for a class go to volunteer connection and from the “my shifts’ tab scroll down to disaster training.

 

You can also download the schedule. 2015 Winter Disaster Training Institute Schedule_v4

 

If you’re not a Red Cross volunteer yet, call Christina Aberle at 702-531-0228 or email her at Christina.Aberle@redcross.org

 

 

 

 

Enjoy “Pizza With A Purpose” To Raise Money for Red Cross Youth Leadership

The California Pizza Kitchen is holding a fundraiser for the American Red Cross Young Professionals Alliance. On the first Tuesday in December and January (12/2 and 1/6 – all day) the California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your check to this youth leadership organization. This fundraiser is only being held at the Town Square location, and you must print and bring in this page to apply.

The fundraiser information is as follows:

First Tuesday in December and January (12/2 and 1/6) – All day

California Pizza Kitchen Town Square

6659 Las Vegas Blvd.

Just South of Sunset Road

Las Vegas, NV 89119

(702) 896-5154

The Young Professionals Alliance of the American Red Cross was created for the purpose of developing high achieving, diverse young leaders across Southern Nevada.  The Alliance functions to actively involve youth in all aspects of the Red Cross through leadership development in activities directly related to the needs of the community and the mission of the Red Cross.

Through the American Red Cross Young Professionals Alliance, students will learn integral leadership skills that they may not be able to develop in a classroom setting. Students will gain:

  1. Personal confidence
  2. Community service hours required for graduation
  3. College and career skill
  4. Resume-building experience
  5. Networking opportunities with community leaders
  6. Service learning experience and more!

Join the Pizza Dough Rewards program on your next visit or at cpk.com and receive a free Small Plate for registering.

This FUNdraiser offer is valid only on the date(s) and at the CPK location identified on this flyer. Only 501c organizations and non-profit schools are eligible to participate in CPK’s FUNdraiser program. CPK will donate twenty percent of food and beverage sales to the ororganization. Tax, gratuity, gift card and retail sales are excluded from the donation. Offer valid for dine in , take out, online, catering or curbside orders. Valid for delivery orders placed directly with CPK. Offer void if flyer is distributed in or near restaurant. For more information about the 501c organization participating in the FUNdraiser, please contact the organization directly.

The American Red Cross Offers Holiday Safety and Gift Ideas!

images (1) The holidays are drawing near and most people are making plans to enjoy the season

with their loved ones. And during this time of year, many people look for ways in which

they can help people in their community.

The American Red Cross has released its annual Holiday Giving Catalog online. Here,

shoppers can “give something that means something” in many different forms. There

will be many people that will receive gifts of blood, infant care kits for baby’s, comfort

kits for wounded warriors or water containers used when natural disasters disrupt a

community’s water supply overseas. The American Red Cross is asking people to

remember those in need this year by giving something meaningful – giving hope to

those in need.

Every 19 hours the Red Cross responds to a disaster in Southern Nevada, and a

financial donation or a meaningful and symbolic gift from the Holiday Catalog at

www.redcross.org/gifts can help the nearly 70,000 people nationwide who turn to the

Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters on every scale.

Catalog purchases come with beautiful greeting cards than can be sent to a friend or

loved one, with donations made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-
deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross.

The holidays also mean more activity in our homes, whether it’s parties, or dinners, or

just family and friends dropping by. More people in the house can sometimes create a

little bit of holiday chaos. It’s important to remember to play it safe, and set some ground

rules on where children can play, for example, and ensure that safety around the home

keeps the holidays bright.

More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is the most likely room in the house

to catch fire. Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires in the country, and as the holidays

are upon us, the American Red Cross wants to remind everyone of steps they can take

to avoid a fire hazard while cooking.

Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food

unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave

the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Other safety steps include:

• Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.

• Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make

them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

• Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils,

paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your

stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your

local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure

all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

• Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near

sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed.

Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a

year.

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The Red Cross of Southern Nevada responded to home fires affecting nearly 1,200

people during the 2013 fiscal year, delivering relief including shelter, food and

clothing. Of those fires, 55 of them were during last year’s November – December

holiday period. House fires are statistically the worst disaster threat to families in the

United States.

Staying vigilant, and taking steps to create a safe and thoughtful atmosphere for

your family and guests will help to make this holiday season one that is marked with

warm memories.

All of us here at the American Red Cross would like to wish you a safe, happy and

peaceful holiday season.

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