Red Cross Issues Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

By Jody Weyers, Director of Communications

560506_10201238012165149_763464517_nMany people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach and fire up the grill. I know I am looking forward to a 4-day weekend filled with birthday parties, a house warming party and spending time with family and friends.

With these activities, travel, grilling & swimming may be involved. I know I will be following these Red Cross safety tips, and I hope you do to.

Have a safe and fun weekend and keep your fingers crossed, for no storms, tornadoes, house fires or any other type of disaster, so our staff and volunteers can have a peaceful long weekend too.   🙂

Tips for Safe Travel

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Buckle up and observe speed limits.

Tips for Safe Swimming

  • Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
  • Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling

  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

The American Red Cross First Aid App for smart phones and tablets provides users with expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores and at redcross.org/mobileapps.

For more information on emergency preparedness, go to redcross.org. Additional water safety tips are located at redcross.org/watersafety.

American Red Cross and Walmart Announce Nurse Assistant Training Scholarships

$50,000 available to empower students throughout Wisconsin to pursue Health Care industry careers

*** On Thursday, August 29th between Noon – 4:00p.m. we can provide tours of the Green Bay training location. In addition, Paulene Kipke, the statewide program manager, will be there to discuss the training, benefits, demonstrate a few skills ****

CNA class 8.09 018The American Red Cross in Wisconsin will help 50 students across the state receive nursing & life-skills training for entry-level healthcare careers through the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The hands-on health care training program is available on a monthly basis in Altoona, Green Bay, Oshkosh & Waupaca with the next courses beginning the first week of September. The curriculum equips students for a career into the fast-growing health care industry. With the growing senior population, this training will help communities like ours alleviate a shortage of adequately trained Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs). With small class sizes, limited to 16-students, individual hands-on time is guaranteed which has historically meant 94% of Red Cross trained students pass the state testing exam on their first attempt.  With the certification, CNA wages range from $9.25 – $16.65 per hour, which is much higher than minimum wage and often include a variety of benefits.

By joining forces with Walmart and the Red Cross training, graduates can earn higher wages and find jobs that provide health insurance for themselves and their families. The collaboration will help meet Walmart’s goal of empowering women throughout Wisconsin, the U.S. and around the world.  To complement the nursing skills, each participant will participate in an additional 16-hours of life-skills designed to help them turn training into a professional career. Topics will range from building a resume, interviewing skills and personal finance with a distinct emphasis on professionalism, punctuality and a commitment towards work. With the scholarship, the tuition is only $250.00. Plus, due to the State of Wisconsin Medicaid training reimbursement program, this cost could also be recouped by the student upon gaining qualified employment.

Red Cross NAT instructors equip students with the skills required to become CNAs and provide basic care such as feeding, dressing, bathing and monitoring patients so they can work in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living, hospitals and in-home health care.

The scholarship is available across the state so students can participate in classes in Altoona, Green Bay, Oshkosh and/or Waupaca.  Course locations, dates, time and registration information is available at redcross.org/WINAT.  The scholarships are on a first registered basis and the complete application must be submitted by October 15th. Specific course questions should be directed to Tanya Christianson at 715-902-1035 and/or Tanya.Christianson@redcross.org. Later this fall, the course may also be available in La Crosse and Woodville.

The American Red Cross has trained and engaged America’s nurses in its life saving mission for more than 130 years. Last year, the Red Cross taught health and safety skills to nearly 12 million people nationwide, including 336 Nursing Assistants throughout the State of Wisconsin

This is the first credential-specific training grant Walmart has awarded as part of their Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households access job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring to increase their employment opportunities. More information on this initiative can be found at corporate.walmart.com/women.

We Have a NEW Disaster Trailer!

(l-r) Ron Maloney and Nancy Mirhashemi, Disaster Volunteers in front of the new trailer.

(l-r) Ron Maloney and Nancy Mirhashemi, Disaster Volunteers in front of the new trailer.

We get excited about our new “toys” that help us better respond and quicken our response time in the community.

Special thank you to the Green Bay Packers Foundation and Ron & Pam Maloney for their efforts in securing the funding and outfitting of our new disaster trailer in Sturgeon Bay. We also want to thank Ken and Jean Hill. They have donated space at an enclosed storage building in Sturgeon Bay for the trailer to be located.

This trailer has equipment and supplies in it to staff a 50 person shelter.   By having a trailer loaded with supplies we can just hook up, and GO!

Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative Supports Vital Work of Local American Red Cross

By Vicky Jenks, Board Member and Disaster Team Member

(l-r) John Jenks, Pat Bartsch, Vicki Jenks and Allen Stea.

(l-r) John Jenks, Pat Bartsch, Vicki Jenks and Allen Stea.

Recently, Pat Bartsch and Allen Stea, Operation Trust Board Members for Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, presented a most generous gift of $2,320 to the local American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, represented by John and Vicki Jenks, of Wild Rose. Earlier this spring, the local Red Cross chapter submitted an application to ACEC’s Operation Round-up.

Operation Round-Up is a wonderful program where individuals and companies voluntarily “round up” their monthly electric bill by a few cents or dollars.  The excess funds are then utilized helping support local citizens and charities–in this instance—the American Red Cross.

The local American Red Cross serving citizens in Green Lake, Marquette, Waupaca and Waushara counties, will utilize the funds for infant, child, and adult hygiene comfort kits, reflective vests for nighttime fire responses, first aid needs, coolers, and damage assessment kits. Additionally, the gift will be used to help families displaced by such disasters as residential fires—the most common local disaster.

  “Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is there”, because of the generosity of American citizens like Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative.

(l-r) Allen Stea, Pat Bartsch and Vicki & John Jenks.

(l-r) Allen Stea, Pat Bartsch and Vicki & John Jenks.

Get out your Change for the Bucket Brigade Coming to a Location Near You!!

Jim & Nancy

Bucket Brigade on August 29th to Support Local Red Cross Disaster Relief

American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers and local firefighters and emergency workers are teaming up to support the American Red Cross. The Bucket Brigade raises vital funds to support Red Cross disaster relief and preparedness activities in Northeast Wisconsin.

On Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., local firefighters and Red Cross disaster volunteers will be collecting donations in their red buckets at various high-traffic, high-visibility locations such as grocery stores and gas stations.

 “As the recent apartment fires and tornadoes have shown, the Red Cross is ready to respond when a disaster strikes,” says Steve Hansen, local Chapter Executive.  “The Bucket Brigade provides a vital source of funding to sustain our relief operations, bringing compassion and hope to those in need. The annual event also enables us to celebrate our very important partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Fire Departments while providing fire prevention information to the community.”

There are 17 participating locations this year:

AbramsAbrams Shell at County D and Sampson Road

AppletonFestival Foods at 1200 W. Northland Avenue

AshwaubenonKwik Trip at 871 Hansen Road

BellevueFestival Foods at 2534 Steffens Court

DarboyFestival Foods at W3195 Van Roy Road

De PereFestival Foods at 1001 Main Avenue

Fond du Lac Festival Foods at 1125 E. Johnson Street

Green Bay West  – Festival Foods at 2250 West Mason Street

Green Bay EastCopps Food Center at 1819 Main Street

HowardOlsen’s Piggly Wiggly at 2465 Lineville Road

KewauneePiggly Wiggly at 931 Marquette Dr.

ManitowocFestival Foods at 2151 S. 42nd Street

NeenahFestival Foods at 647 S. Green Bay Road

OshkoshFestival Foods at 2415 Westowne Avenue

PulaskiSuper Ron’s at 960 County Road B (NOTE: collection taking place Friday, September 6th)

PulaskiSmuwara’s Bakery at 204 East Pulaski St. (NOTE: collection taking place Saturday morning, September 7th and Sunday morning, September 8th)

SheboyganFestival Foods at 595 S. Taylor Drive

SuamicoFestival Foods at 2348 Lineville Road

My Experience with Youth Volunteering

By: PaKou Lee, Red Cross PR/Social Media Volunteer

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

Youth volunteering reinforces a feeling of involvement, belonging and acceptance in their community. Youth volunteers also have a tendency to do better in school and have a lesser chance by 50% of engaging in risky and unhealthy behaviors  by volunteering once a week. They gain new life skills, important work ethics, and meet different types of people.

Volunteering is important for me because I enjoy the feeling of giving back to the community. I get to meet great people with amazing backgrounds and learn so much from them. I also come from a huge Hmong family and as an aunt to more than 28 nieces and nephews I do my best to be a great role model for them. I have accomplished the typical expectations: go to school, get good grades, graduate college, and not be married by the age of 18. Although I don’t get to see many of my nieces and nephews, I still want to show them that there are better things in life than just video games and having good grades.

So when the Packer 5K was coming up on July 27th, I knew it’d be the perfect opportunity to bring two of my nieces, Nevaeh, 10 and Cienna, 6 along. The night before the race I explained to them that we were going to pass out water and Gatorade to the runners. The next morning, Cienna was ready by 9a.m. and eager to leave.  I was impressed with her enthusiasm but we didn’t have to leave the house until 5p.m.

When we were setting up the Gatorade station with other Red Cross volunteers, Cienna asked me, “Auntie PaKou, what does volunteer mean?” I was surprised by her question because I thought I had explained to her what we were doing. Then I realized I only told her what we were doing, not the meaning of the word and why we were doing it. I answered her, “Volunteering is about helping people for free and not asking for something back like what we are doing right now. We are going to pass out the Gatorade to the runners.” It was great to see Nevaeh and Cienna excited for the runners. We worked great as a team.

At the end, Nevaeh and I had a friendly “argument” about who passed out more Gatorade. To this day, she still thinks she passed out more than me. The only things that mattered to me were they both had fun, they gave back to the community, and wanted to come back next year to volunteer again.

American Red Cross has many volunteer opportunities for youth from starting a Red Cross club at school to activity guides to spread the Red Cross mission. Click here for more information.

Thanks to the Red Cross for the opportunity. Cienna (L) and Nevaeh (R) look forward to more volunteering!

Have you thought about becoming a Disaster Volunteer??

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

You have seen our volunteers out in the community helping for the recent tornadoes to hit Northeast Wisconsin.

Have you ever thought, “I could do that”!  Now is the time to put that thought into action. Learn more about what is involved and how to get started to become a Disaster Action Team Volunteer.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is offering two Disaster Services: An Overview courses in the Oshkosh and Appleton area. This class is a basic level training that provides an introduction to Disaster Services and the American Red Cross.

The purpose of this course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will also learn about volunteer opportunities at their local Red Cross chapter.

When:  Monday, August 26, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Oshkosh Red Cross Office, 515 S. Washburn St, Ste 201

When:  Tuesday, August 27, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Appleton Red Cross Office, 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

How to register: Call or e-mail Nick Cluppert at 920-231-3590 or nick.cluppert@redcross.org