Get to know: Trina Capelli, Summer Intern

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By: Trina Capelli, American Red Cross Intern

My name is Trina Capelli and I am a summer intern for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin located at the offices in Manitowoc. I just completed my second year as a Biochemistry Major at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. I plan on graduating a semester early in December of 2015. After receiving my Bachelors of Science degree, I hope to go on to Medical School.

A little bit about me: I was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and attended Mary D. Bradford High School. I played Varsity Tennis, Basketball, and Softball in high school, and have continued to play tennis for Beloit College. I am a big fan of pretty much any Wisconsin sports team, especially the Packers. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, working out, and spending time with my family.

My connection to the American Red Cross began when I was about eight years old with the Babysitting and First Aid courses. Since then I have also completed the CPR and First Aid courses and have become a certified lifeguard as well. I am very excited to be interning with the American Red Cross this summer, and I look forward to having a positive impact on the Manitowoc community.

Get to know: Jenny Berry, Summer Intern

 

By Jenny Berry, American Red Cross Intern 

photo1 (1)My name is Jenny Berry. I am currently a well-rounded student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I am pursuing a degree in Human Services Leadership with a Sustainability Management minor. I just finished my junior year and was rewarded my sixth semester Dean’s list. I am currently an active member of Alpha Xi Delta National Sorority, Human Services Leadership Student Organization, Golden Key National Honor Society, and lastly and most recently I have become a member of the UWO American Red Cross Club. Since I did not join until spring of 2014, I was not as involved as I would have liked to have been. Fortunately, I have recently achieved a position on the executive board as Public Relations Chair. I am truly honored to be a part of such an inspiring and helpful organization that went above and beyond this year and won the New Emerging Organization of the year on campus! My future goals are to continue my education in graduate school as well as use my past education, skills and experiences to advocate, empower, volunteer, and help others in need whether that be through disaster services, environmental services, or advising/counseling.

A little bit about me besides campus life: I was born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in Deforest, Wisconsin. I was on the Varsity softball team from my freshman to senior year of high school. I also played varsity volleyball as well. Playing sports since a little girl has given me more attributes than I could have ever dreamed of. I love being outdoors which is why I am also interning through the University Clean Bloats Clean Waters program to educate and spread awareness of Aquatic Invasive Species.  Whenever possible my ultimate passions are to spend time with my family and my friends and to lend a hand to those in need.

It was not until recently, that through the media and volunteerism, I saw how impactful and supportive the American Red Cross was to all of the members of its communities that I truly wanted to “get my feet wet” and assist in preventing and easing the pain of others.  I am very excited to be have been blessed with the opportunity to intern with the Northeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross team this summer and work along with some truly amazing individuals to support and give compassion to those we are suffering.  I look forward to all that I will gain through this experience in and out of the office.

American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Region Responds to Four Incidents in the past 24 hours

Being displaced from ones home due to a fire or other emergency is devastating, but it is especially difficult with it being so close to the holidays. Disasters do not take a break and neither does the Red Cross. Our volunteers have been called out four times in the last 24 hours to provide relief and support to the families affected by a tragedy during this holiday season.  

Our first response in the last 24 hours occurred Wednesday afternoon. We assisted a family, one adult and one teenager, from the Pulaski area who had a house fire. They are staying with family and we provided them with monetary assistance for food, home-made quilts and comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion)

Around noon yesterday, the East Central Wisconsin Chapter received a call to support 75 emergency workers responding to a large barn fire in Oshkosh that shut down part of Hwy 41 for a period of time. We provided water, coffee and 100 sandwiches to the crews.

Last night around 11:00pm, we received a call of a family with two adults and seven children displaced due to a gas leak in the home. Currently we are assisting the family with hotel stay and comfort kits.

Today at 6:00am two disaster volunteers were called out to respond to a home fire in Pulaski. Based on the clients immediate emergency need we provided the family of two adults and two teenagers with monetary assistance for clothing and groceries. We also provided comfort kits and homemade quilts. The family is staying with relatives.

From November 15-December 23 the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has responded to 17 incidences helping a total of 79 people with their immediate emergency needs. We have also provided food, water, coffee and snacks to 435 emergency workers at multiply incidences within the community.

Across the Northeast Wisconsin Region since Thanksgiving we have responded to 28 incidences and we helped 102 people with direct service and were available to help thousands mores. Across the region we supported 655 emergency workers with water, coffee, and food at multiple incidences.

“We are continually thankful for our community partners who support local disasters at a moments notice, said Barbara Behling, Red Cross spokesperson. “Unfortunately, we have leaned on them heavily within the past month. It’s this time of year, our resources are stretched thin, the need is unprecedented and gifts of any size will support local families who have been devastated by fires, power outages, gas leaks and more.”

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through December 31 to make a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, visit www.newredcross.org to make an online donation or called 920-231-3590 for more information.

About the Northeast Wisconsin Region:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NewRedCross.org

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.