American Red Cross & World War I History in Numbers

By PaKou Lee, Social Media Intern

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A Red Cross nurse outfit is displayed along with a Foreign Service certificate and homeopathic medication kit.

I had an awesome opportunity to visit the Neville Public Museum’s exhibit: A World At War: 100th Commemoration of the Start of WWI. It was pretty cool to see the history of the Red Cross’ participation during WWI.

Check out the history facts of the Red Cross and its involvement in the war:

133rd Anniversary- This year, May 21st will mark the 133rd year of the American Red Cross, established by Clara Barton and a few of her acquaintances. After Barton’s visit to Europe and experience with the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network, it inspired her to start an American Red Cross.

Increased local chapters & memberships- In 1914, the Red Cross had a total of 107 local chapters. Within 4 years, it increased tremendously to 3,864 local chapters because of the epidemic of the wars. Memberships also had a huge increase from 17,000 to more than 20 million adults and 11 million Junior Red Cross members.

22,800 nurses & ambulance drivers registered for WWI- The Red Cross was able to bring in 18,000 nurses and 4,800 ambulance drivers to help serve the military.

Death toll- 296 nurses and 127 ambulance drivers died while in service.

Millions of dollars donated: The Red Cross received $400 million dollars from the public for support.

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Homeopathic medication kit.

To see the changes from 133 years ago to now is incredible. The posters, outfits, services and more. But one thing remains the same – the Red Cross compassionate care, focusing in five categories:

  • People affected by disasters in America
  • Support for members of the military and their families
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • Health and safety education and training
  • International relief and development

Plan a visit to see the exhibit soon – it ends June 1st, 2014. Click here for more information about the Neville Public Museum.

Heroes 2014 Musicales Wrap Up: Resounding Success!

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member, Disaster Volunteer and Hero. 

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

On a picture-perfect Saturday—April 26th— in “wild” Wild Rose—the 7th annual HEROES 2014 Musicales exceeded every goal set last fall.  Two hundred HEROES comprised of Red Cross employees, board members, volunteers and generous supporters, CELEBRATED the greatest humanitarian organization in the world!

My husband, John and I open up our home, and with the support of the Tri-County Disaster Team, we host an entertaining day filled with music and giving!

Thank you to our musician HEROES including the Chicago-based Robin Lukas Trio, Madison’s Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who thoroughly entertained the assembled fans!

Always a “sell-out”, the HEROES MUSICALES is the “hottest ticket in town.”  A special touch at the conclusion of each musicale is the audience  sing-a-long of traditional favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “America, the Beautiful”.

The Musicales began in 2008 as a small concert presented by professional musicians along with myself and my husband, John, a grand total of $3,308.39 was raised.  We were thrilled to purchase a shelter trailer & equipment that year!  This year’s Musicales raised nearly $70,000! This total is a combination of ticket sales, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and silent auction treasures.

?????????????????????????????The most-coveted silent auction item—at $250 “2 Die 4 Chocolate Cake with Strawberries” made by Wild Rose citizen, Marcia Riendeau (pictured left).

The Heroes 2014 Musicales represents just 12-13% of the entire HEROES experience.

We are especially grateful to the numerous media partners, businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, churches and youth who contribute their time, talent and treasure.

Funds raised will be utilized for local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in the counties of Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca.

There is no ceiling to being a HERO!

SAVE THE DATE:  HEROES 2015 will be Saturday, May 16th‘Armed Forces Day’ which will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Service to the Armed Forces, born in 1905.

Click HERE to see additional pictures from the event.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

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One in twenty-five people receive help from the global Red Cross network every single year. One in five hundred people in the world is a volunteer for the cause. Today—World Red Cross Red Crescent Day—we’re celebrating all the men, women, and children who have a Red Cross story to tell.

The Red Cross network transcends borders. Guided by its seven
fundamental principles:

  • humanity
  • impartiality
  • neutrality
  • independence
  • voluntary service
  • unity
  • universality

tumblr_static_my-story-headerRed Cross volunteers are inspired to help at every turn. They fly halfway around the world during international disasters, drive to nearby communities when tornadoes strike, and walk right down the street to teach swimming lessons. The network is so abundant, many people are touched by the Red Cross without even realizing it.

Nearly everyone has a Red Cross story. What’s yours? Share your Red Cross story at: http://ifrc.tumblr.com/

 

Red Cross Wants to Recognize Nurses During National Nurses Week

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National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12 and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.

This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is “Nurses: Leading the Way” to recognize nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. For more than 130 years, nurses have been an important part of the mission of the Red Cross, providing assistance during times of disaster and conflict.

Today, nurses provide a health perspective for the Red Cross, serving across all lines of service. Across the country, nurses serve in management and supervisory roles at Red Cross chapter and blood service regions, many in executive positions. Nurses hold leadership roles as Regional, State and Division Nurse Leaders and as members of the Red Cross national Board of Governors as well as board members on the local level.

Throughout the past week, professionally licensed nurses who double as trained Red Cross responders  have been deployed to southern states ravaged by tornadoes and floods. Plus, they serve locally at residential fires to community events.

Red Cross nurses make a difference. Would you like to be part of their proud tradition of dedicated service? Join the more than 15,000 Red Cross nurses who respond to disasters, teach health and safety classes, help members of the military and their families and assist at Red Cross blood drives. You too can be a Red Cross Nurse. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is available at six locations. The course provides skills to start a new career in the health care industry. Students learn in a hands-on environment under the eyes of caring and professional nurses, bolstered by a nationally developed Red Cross curriculum that is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Scholarships and enrollment details are available at www.redcross.org/winat.

Are You in the Career Meant for You?

By Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director

What a great group of people to spend two days networking with.

What a great group of people to spend two days networking with.

This past Thursday and Friday, I attended and presented at the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association (WVCA) conference in Wausau. There were 200 volunteer managers ranging in experience from 40 years to the newbie of 14 days.

There is nothing like being in a room full of people who share your same drive, passion and career goals as you. The conference kicked off with key-note speaker Tom Krause. Tom was a retired teacher/coach of thirty-one years in the Missouri Public School system, and he was a 20 time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

He shared with us heartwarming stories during his coaching and teaching days, that came back to the same inspirational message:

PEOPLE COUNT – PEOPLE MATTER

YOU COUNT – YOU MATTER

YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

This statement really resonated with me. The more I am in this profession (13 years now and counting) I am learning it is not about finding people to fill the needed roles of your volunteer organization, but it is more about connecting people with the right opportunities for them to serve in our community. Everyone has talents to share.

As a volunteer manager, there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone recognize and help facilitate that perfect volunteer match. Granted, overtime, that perfect role might change, but then we have the challenge of connecting people with new opportunities and making that match again and seeing them thrive and find success.

I was up next to present to a crowd of 52 people. My presentation was on “Networking On and Off Line.”  I am a believer that if you have a best practice, why not share it. To this day, I continue to be humbled and honor for all the community support I received during my fundraising campaign for Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross. I contribute part of my success to being able to connect to people. The internet and social media, has allowed me to broaden my net. I would not have the success I have had if I was not able to transition that connection to people online, into offline relationships.

After I got done presenting, one of the greatest things happened. I was packing my stuff up, and I had a few people in line to ask me questions, so I stopped packing up, and this gentleman was before me and I asked him if he had a question. He said “No, I just want to give you a hug.” So, of course I hugged him.

I felt so honored, that he wanted a hug from me. It also made me laugh, because, Hector, the photographer I worked with on my national deployment to Colorado last September, called me “the hug whisper.”  If a hug from me makes people feel better, I am all for it, it also makes me feel pretty darn good too!

There was another really great moment that also came from this conference. This was an “ah ha” moment when I knew that I was in the right career for me.

I was in the hall between sessions, and a women came up to me and she began to tell me how my presentation last year (3 R’s in Volunteer Management – Retention, Recruitment and Recognition) helped her in revamping her program, and the success she was having.  I seriously teared up.  I was so touched that she took the time to share this with me how helped her, and now I was the teacher. I am so grateful for my many mentors and now for me to be the person mentoring someone; it was a pretty cool career moment!

booksThe next day, our morning kicked off with Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies. It is an amazing thing if you can fire up 200 people who already believe in leadership and service, and get them to want to do more. That is how I felt, anyway. I am excited to read Paul’s book “Everyone Leads – Building Leadership from the Community Up”. His talk was about where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problem? It is all around us!

His three points and definition of leadership included:

1. It is an action everyone can take, not a position few hold.

2. It is about taking personal and social responsibility to work with others on common goals.

3. It is the practice of values that engage diverse individuals and groups to work together effectively.

After saying my goodbyes to my fellow volunteer managers and getting in the car to drive home, I had sense of peace wash over me knowing, that I am in the profession, that I am meant to be. I hope everyone can experience this feeling, and maybe if you can’t find this sort of peace in your career, maybe you can find it in service. I encourage everyone to keep searching for it!

 

Safe and Well – Helping to Reconnect Families and Loved Ones

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After a disaster, like the recent tornadoes we have seen, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.  

About Safe and Well 

When disasters strike, loved ones can become separated. If you have been affected by a disaster, you can register yourself on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website.

Family and friends can search the list of  those who have registered themselves. A successful search will bring up a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.

“Safe & Well is a simple and easy tool that everyone needs to be aware of.  When disasters strike our normal ways of communicating with each other may be disrupted.  Individuals can register themselves on the website, or Red Cross can do it for them, and family members can search to see if their loved one is okay after the disaster,” said Nick Cluppert, Disaster Program Manager.  

“When I deployed with Red Cross to Alabama in 2011 for tornadoes, and to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey I saw first-hand how people became disconnected, and the Safe & Well website helped to bring those people back together.”

Always Available

Safe and Well is always available. Access to the Website is made available at shelters, service delivery sites and many partner agency locations. During large-scale disasters, when Internet and phone lines may be compromised, trained volunteers can help you register using a paper form.

Privacy

Your privacy is preserved. No specific location or contact information is displayed unless you choose to do so in your custom message. People will need to know your name and address or phone number in order to see your post.

Integration with Social Media

Do you use Facebook or Twitter? After registering, you can click on these icons to post your selected messages right on your Facebook or Twitter page. And your loved ones won’t need to remember any logins or passwords to see that you are safe

For more information or to search for a loved one go to: redcross.org/safeandwell