American Red Cross joins as a Charity Partner for the Packers 5K

Over 3,000 runners and walkers will kickoff training camp weekend by participating in the Packers 5K Run/Walk. Start from the Lambeau Field parking lot, run through side streets surrounding Lambeau Field, run around the rubber track of Lambeau Field and finish on a replica 50-yard line constructed in the parking lot!  

On Tuesday, the American Red Cross received the call that the Packers needed additional volunteers to assist with course corner safety. Within 24 hours we had 29 volunteer lined up to assist the Packers with this opportunity.

“What can I say, we have some of the best volunteers,” said Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the following non-profit groups:

  American Red Cross Lakeland  Chapter

  Boys and Girls Club

  Big Brothers Big Sisters

  Volunteer Center of Green Bay


  Anxiety Disorder Foundation

  My Team Triumph

July 31, 2010 at 10AM

Additional Stories of the Red Cross at Work

Red Cross Helping Flood Victims: The Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and clean up kits to Milwaukee residents.

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Brew City Flood: Red Cross Aids Victims

By George Mallet – TMJ4: CLICK HERE  for Video of Story

MILWAUKEE – Marie Irby is 77-years-old and living on her Social Security check.  When the foundation of her North 19th Place home washed away in a sea of sewage last week, she felt helpless.  Though she still tends the perfect garden behind her condemned home, she is frustrated.
“They are saying now I can’t live in the house,” she says as she stands in front of her tidy cottage.  “I still want my own house.  I want somewhere to go.  I don’t have money to start all over again.”
Irby believes the city bears some responsibility for the destruction of her home.  After all, it wasn’t rain water that washed away the structure; it was sewage backing up in her basement drains.  Angry tears fill her eyes when she talks about what she sees as a bumbling bureaucracy responsible for the mess she must now deal with. That’s when a brief moment of contentment begins for the enfeebled woman.  An American Red Cross truck pulls up and begins serving chicken dinners to all those struggling to clean up their sewage-soaked homes.
“A lot of people are cleaning up, but you forget to take care of yourself,” says the Red Cross’s Shannon Hext as she stands beside Irby’s home.  “You forget to eat.”
Marie Irby collects one of the foam trays containing a tasty, hot meal.  The food may be enough to fortify her.  She vows to fight for her condemned home.
“If they tear it down, they’re going to tear it down with me sitting on my porch, cause I’m not going nowhere!” She exclaims as she sits on that same porch.
The best way to help the Red Cross continue its important work is to make a cash donation.  The Red Cross is also eager to add volunteers willing to undergo training for disaster relief.


How You Can Help: You can help people affected by disasters like floods, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Thank you Festival Foods for your Support Locally & Internationally

(L-R) Mark Skogen, CEO Festival Foods, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, and Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross Regional Chapter Executive.

American Red Cross Responds to Wisconsin Floods

Disaster volunteers working around-the-clock to help the people of Wisconsin

Even after days of disaster relief efforts, American Red Cross volunteers and staff are still assisting families affected by flooding across the state.

 Hundreds of volunteers have distributed more than 2,700 clean up kits, which include a variety of clean-up items such as a squeegee, mop, bleach, gloves, and more. Red Cross workers have also served more than 4,000 meals at the shelter, distribution sites and on Emergency Response Vehicles traveling into damaged areas. Casework, Mental Health Services and Health Services volunteers have and continue to work with those affected to make sure their short-term and long-term needs are met.

One of many heartwarming examples of Red Cross compassion includes the Howard family who arrived cold and wet at the Glenn Hills Middle School shelter, with only one thing on their minds—staying together. Their wish was fulfilled, as they found cots, warm blankets and caring volunteers.  “It’s been so nice, that we’ve been able to stay together. This was the best place for us,” Mrs. Howard says with a smile. “Reality is setting in. We lost so much, like our baby pictures in the basement. We’ll never get those back. But the most important thing was that we were able to stay together.”

How You Can Help: You can help people affected by disasters like floods, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Red Cross in Pulaski Polka Days Parade!

This past weekend Pulaski, celebrated, its 32nd Annual Polka Days, a celebration of the community near and far of their polish heritage. Sunday kicked off with a parade going through downtown Pulaski for all the community to enjoy.

 This year, Jan Traversa, Disaster Team Volunteer and her family, participated on behalf of the American Red Cross.

 Thank You Pulaski, for having the American Red Cross participate in the Pulaski Polka Days Parade.

 Here are Jan’s words on her experience:

 I drove the ERV (emergency response vehicle) while my grandkids Emily, Riley and Rachel passed out candy in the parade. My husband, Jerry helped with the kids. 

 I was able to drive and wave and see the expressions on people’s faces. I was shocked to see how many we have helped waving and thanking me. I was amazed to see people actually stand up and applaud as I drove by…I couldn’t believe it! You know how emotional I am…I was choked up a LOT! One man yelled “You have a head light out!” I said “Really?” and he ran up to the truck and said “Just kidding, I just wanted to say thanks for all you do.” OMG!

 The whole day was awesome. I can’t wait till next year. We will need more candy though! 🙂

 Thanks again, it was a great day. We also provided water and ice to a bunch of people from our own cooler. We brought a cooler for the kids but many more people needed it and we were glad to help.

 One lady said that since we were disaster services could we get more port-a-potties! Ha !  – Jan

 Thank You Jan and thank you to your family for being so supportive of the American Red Cross and always willing to lend a hand to those in need. We are so lucky to have great volunteers like you!


Red Cross Volunteers Respond to Help Local Flooded Residents

Learn what the American Red Cross Southeastern Chapter has done to help those affected by the floods

This photo was taken at about 6 pm in front of my house on West Chateau Place. on the western edge of Whitefish Bay. Photo Credit: Scott Sager - Whitefish Bay , WI

American Red Cross volunteers are responding to help residents affected by the local flooding. On Thursday night, volunteers opened three shelters and assisted approximately 100 people who stayed overnight. Shelters remain open at Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 West Mill Road, in Milwaukee and at our chapter office, 2600 W. Wisconsin Avenue, in Milwaukee.

To help those cleaning up their homes, volunteers distributed more than 700 clean up kits, which contain gloves, bleach and other supplies, on Friday. If you need clean up kits, please contact our chapter at 414-342-8680. In the coming days, volunteers will also be traveling into the most severely affected areas with clean up kits and food and water.

If your home has been flooded, follow these flood safety tips when reentering your home:

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated.

How you can help

Help people affected by disasters like the recent flooding by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter. Internet users can make a secure online contribution.