12 Ways a Red Cross Volunteer Helps

This week is National Volunteer Week–a time to celebrate and thank our wonderful volunteers. Over 90% of what the American Red Cross does is done by our volunteers, and they do a little bit of everything. Here are just a few of the ways our volunteers help out:Canteen
1–Disaster volunteers go out in the middle of the night when someone’s house is burning, and provide comfort and hope along with the physical necessities like shelter, food and clothing.
2–Blood volunteers help donors get registered at a blood drive and make sure that every donor gets refreshments after their donation.
3–Volunteer instructors teach life-saving CPR, AED, and First Aid classes, swim lessons, babysitting classes, and even pet first aid classes.
4–Office volunteers help keep our offices organized, clean and efficient, and help ensure that Red Cross mailings make it into the hands of our financial donors and friends.
5–Shelter and feeding volunteers are in action almost immediately when disaster strikes, providing safe spaces and hot meals to people displaced from their homes.
6–Volunteer drivers take our Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) out into neighborhoods devastated by disaster and deliver water, meals, and even clean-up supplies to people trying to recover and rebuild.
7–Logistics volunteers help coordinate our disaster responses, so everything gets where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.
8–External relations volunteers help manage Red Cross interactions with government agencies, other charity organizations, and the media so that everyone gets coordinated, up-to-date information about the best ways to help in a disaster.
9–Casework volunteers work with people one-on-one after a disaster strikes, helping them find the services and support they need.
10–Technology volunteers keep all of the computers, phones and other devices talking to each other to ensure efficient communications.
11–Fundraising and event volunteers help out with special events, direct mailings, and other communications with our donors to help raise the funds the Red Cross needs to function.
12–Disaster assessment volunteers go out into communities to check and report back on the extent of the damage a disaster does, so we know where our services are needed the most.

Red Cross volunteers are some of the most amazing people in the world. They–YOU–bring so  much talent, heart and enthusiasm to what we do every day. During National Volunteer Week–and always–we are forever grateful.

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Celebrate!

There are some great events coming up in our region. What’s better than a chance to celebrate AND raise money for a great cause? Come out to one–or all–of these events, have a great time, and support your local Red Cross. You can find more information and even purchase tickets on each chapter’s web site—just go to redcross.org and click on “Find Your Local Red Cross.”

South of the Border Soiree, Northfield—April 10
South of the Border Soiree, Rochester—May 22

At both events, there will be tasty Mexican food and a variety ofSoiree margarita flavors to sample. Northfield is having a red ticket auction, and Rochester has an extensive silent auction. The event in Northfield takes place at the Grand at 316 Washington Street and tickets are $25. The Rochester Soiree is at the Rochester International Event Center at 7333 Airport View Drive NW and tickets are $30. More information about the Northfield event here. The Rochester event can be found here.

Dancing with the Freeborn-Mower Stars, Albert Lea—May 3
dancingWatch the stars come out to dance in support of the Freeborn-Mower Chapter of the Red Cross. Seven couples are vying for awards in three categories – Top Fundraisers Award, Audience Choice Award and the Star Award, which combines judges’ scores and the money attendees cast as votes that night. You can support your favorite dancers by sending your donation to the American Red Cross of Freeborn-Mower Counties, 305 4th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912. You can also give directly to your dancers, or cast your votes at the event. More information will be available online  soon!

Tour of Tables, Faribault—May 4
Enjoy this luncheon event with tables decorated by your host.table 2 It will be held at the American Legion in Faribault starting at noon. Host/Hostesses set and decorate a theme table of their choosing, providing dishes, tableware, tablecloth, centerpiece, and decorations. Tickets include tour admission, luncheon, prize drawing, and a light program. All tickets are $25 in ADVANCE only. No ticket sales at the door. More information will be available online soon!

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Oh, App-y Day

Did you know that the American Red Cross recently released its 10th mobile app? Last week, the flood app joined the family! Whether it be a flood, a tornado, a hurricane, a wildfire, or an earthquake, there’s an app for that! If you need First Aid and CPR how-to guides–for you OR for your pet–there are apps for that. If you want to find out how to volunteer for the Red Cross in a local disaster, you guessed it–there’s an app for that.

The Red Cross mobile apps have disaster preparation tips, life-saving information during a disaster, and even ways to help you start recovering after disaster strikes. They have ways you can let your friends know you’re okay. They have alarms that alert you when severe weather is headed for your area. They have videos that show you the steps you need to take in an emergency. They even have interactive quizzes where you can earn badges to display on social media.

The apps are available for both Apple and Android devices, and once they’re on your phone, you don’t need wireless service to use them. Check them out, and download a few today!

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps

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March 27, 2014 · 4:04 pm

April Classes

Celebrate spring by learning a new skill–and maybe even save a life! We’ve got plenty of classes to choose from in April. To register, or if you have questions, go to redcross.org or call 800-733-2767. Be sure to register early–classes may be cancelled if the enrollment is too low.

Austin

  • 4/19/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
  • 5/3/14, Sa 8:30a-2:30p–Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 1:30 and cost $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 11:30 and cost $70.

Faribualt

  • 4/5/14, Sa 8:30a-2:30p–Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 1:30 and cost $90.
  • 4/12/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 4/21/14, M 6p-9p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, the class will end at 8:30 and cost $70. This course has an online component that must be completed before class begins.

Gaylord

  • 4/12/14, Sa 9a-4p–Client Casework. This class is meant for disaster volunteers. The class will be held at the Sibley County Courthouse.

Mankato

  • 4/7/14, M 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, Review class, $90
  • 4/8/14, Tu 9a-3:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 4/17/14, Th 6p-10:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, the class will end at 9 and cost $70
  • 4/18/14, F 9a-3:30p–Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you only need the adult CPR/AED portion, your class will end at noon and cost $70.
  • 4/21/14, M 6p-9p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, the class will end at 8:30 and cost $70. This class has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 4/29/14, Tu 9a-1p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, Review class, $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 12:30 and cost $70. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 11:30 and cost $55.

Rochester

  • 4/5/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 4/14/14, M 5:30p-10p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $70.
  • 4/17/14, Th 6p-9p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 4/21/14, M 6p-9p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $70. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 4/22/14, Tu 6p-9p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $90. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 4/28/14, M 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, Review class, $90
  • 4/29/14, Tu 6p-9p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 5/3/14, Sa 9a-4p–Babysitter’s Training, $75

Winona

  • 4/3/14, Th 5:30p-10p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid component, your class will end at 8:30p and cost $70.
  • 4/7/14, M 6p-9p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • 4/19/14, Sa 8a-2:30p–Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 12p and cost $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 11a and cost $70.
  • 4/24/14, Th 6p-9p–First Aid, $70
  • 4/26/14, Sa 8a-2:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

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Are You Going to Eat That?

Did you lose your power after last night’s blizzard? One of the questions people have it how long their perishables remain safe to eat. The Red Cross has some food safety and other winter safety tips for your consideration.

If a power outage is 2 hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours.
  • Then use food from the freezer. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.

Electrical Equipment During a Blackout

  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

 

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Red Cross loves you!

puppy love

“Love is in the air.” “It’s all about love.” “Love is all you need.” With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s hard not to think about love. Whether you’re part of a couple or not–there’s plenty of love to go around for everyone!

Here at the American Red Cross, I get to see a lot of love. I see it in our dedicated volunteers. Who would give up weeks of their life and time, plus all the comforts of home, to help strangers devastated by a storm or a fire? I know dozens of people who would, and do, on a regular basis. That’s love.  Who would give their own blood to help save a chemotherapy patient or an accident victim they will never meet? It happened over 55,000 times in Southern Minnesota last year. That’s love. Who gives of their money, freely and generously, to support the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross? Thousands of people every year. That’s love.

So, on a day dedicated to love, let me just say a big thank you to our donors, our supporters, and our volunteers. You are the heart of what we do–and we love you for it!

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March Classes

March is Red Cross Month. Celebrate by taking a Red Cross class to learn how to save a life. We have the following classes coming up in March. To register, or if you have questions, go to redcross.org or call 800-733-2767. Be sure to register early–classes may be cancelled if the enrollment is too low.

3/1/2014, Faribault, Sa 8:30a-2:30p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2p and cost $90.

3/1/2014, Rochester, Sa 8:30a-3p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

3/3/2014, Mankato, M 6p-9p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before class.

3/8/2014, Austin, Sa 9a-5p—Client Casework, free. This class is intended for disaster volunteers.

3/8/2014, Rochester, Sa 9a-4p—Babysitter’s Training, $75.

3/10/2014, Faribault, M 5:30p-9:30p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

3/10/2014, Rochester, M 6p-9p—Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid component, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $70. This course has an online component that must be completed before class.

3/10/2014, Winona, M 5:30p-10p—Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid component, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $70.

3/11/2014, Mankato, Tu 9a-3p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the First Aid component, your class will end at 1p and cost $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 12p and cost $70.

3/13/2014, Worthington, Th 1p-4p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 3:30p and cost $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 3p and cost $70. This course has an online component that must be completed before class.

3/17/2014, Rochester, M 6p-9p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before class.

3/18/2014, Rochester, Tu 9a-1p—Health Services Response Workshop, free. This course is intended for health services disaster volunteers.

3/20/2014, Mankato, Th 6p-10p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, review class, $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 9:30p and cost $70. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 8:30p and cost $55.

3/20/2014, Rochester, Th 9a-2:30p—Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 12p and cost $70.

3/22/2014, Austin, Sa 8:30a-2:30p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2p and cost $90. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 11:30a and cost $70.

3/22/14, Rochester, Sa 8:30a-2:30p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 12:30p and cost $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 11:30a and cost $70.

3/22/2014, Winona, Sa 8a-2:30p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the first aid portion, your class will end at 12p and cost $90.

3/24/2014, Austin, M and Tu, 6:30p-8p both nights—Disaster Services Overview, free. This class is meant for disaster volunteers.

3/24/2014, Faribault, M 6p-9p—Adult CPR/AED, $70.

3/25/2014, Mankato, Tu 9a-12p—First Aid, $70.

3/25/2014, Rochester, Tu 6p-10p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, $90.

3/27/2014, Rochester, Th 9a-12p—First Aid, $70.

3/29/2014, Winona, Sa 8a-2:30p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

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