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

Support the Bucket Brigade: Thursday, May 26th, 4-7 pm

Firefighters throughout Northeast Wisconsin will be armed with red buckets to show their support for the Red Cross and collect much needed funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief.
You can help support this effort by stopping by one of many convenient collection sites and donating your spare change or better yet, a check to help people down the street, across the country and around the globe affected by disaster.
 
Brown County Fire Departments
  • Ashwaubenon Fire Department -Bay Park Square Mall, 2250 West Mason St., Green Bay
  • Bellevue Fire Department – Festival Foods, 2534 Steffens Ct, Green Bay
  • DePere Fire Department – Festival Foods, 1001 Main Ave, De Pere
  • Green Bay East Fire Department – Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St., Green Bay
  • Green Bay West Fire Department – Festival Foods, 2250 West Mason St., Green Bay
  • Howard Fire Department – Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd., Howard
  • Suamico Fire Department – Festival Foods, 2348 Lineville Rd., Green Bay
  • Pulaski Fire Department – Super Ron’s, 960 County Road B, Pulaski
 
Marinette County
  • Marinette Fire Department – Angeli’s Country Market, 2301 Roosevelt Rd, Marinette
 
Oconto County Fire Departments
  • Abrams Fire Department – Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd
 
Outagamie County Fire Departments
  • Appleton Fire Department – Festival Foods, 1200 W. Northland Ave, Appleton
  • Grand Chute Fire Department – Copps Food Center 2400 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton
  • Greenville Fire Department – The Meat Block and The Stone Yard, N1739  Lily of the Valley Dr, Greenville
  • Kimberly Fire Department – Pick’n Save, 850 E Maes Ave, Kimberly
 
Sheboygan County
  • Sheboygan Fire DepartmentWal-mart Supercenter, 3711 So. Taylor Dr, Sheboygan
 
Winnebago County Fire Departments
  • Oshkosh Fire Department – Festival Foods, 2415 Westowne Ave, Oshkosh
 
Waupaca County Fire Departments
  • Iola Fire Department – Iola IGA, 125 Meadow Rd., Iola
  • Ogdensburg–St. Lawrence Fire Department – Ogdensburg-St Lawrence Fire Station, 502 Main St., Ogdensburg
Waushara CountyFire Departments
  • Wautoma Fire Department – Copps Food Center, N2573 Plaza Rd, Wautoma & Stoneridge Piggly Wiggly, 975 E. Main St., Wautoma
  • Wild Rose Fire Department – Larsen Co-op, 1010 Main St., Wild Rose

Abrams Firefighter asks Northeast WI to Invest In the Positive

With the recent storms across the nation and an unprecedented number of local disasters, the American Red Cross needs financial support and Rick Race, Assistant Chief and Training Officer with the Abrams Fire Department, is one of many stepping up to help. Last year the local firefighter and the Abrams Fire Department joined the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade to Benefit the American Red Cross as several fire departments asked their neighbors to invest in the positive.

The Abrams Fire Department was the only fire department with a collection site at a gas station and they took advantage of their unique location by pumping gas to increase donations. This year Abrams Fire Department is offering its support again and so is Race.

He will be assisting both  WBAY’s Heartbreak to Hope Telethon on Tuesday, May 24 and The Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade to Benefit the American Red Cross on Thursday, May 26 in an effort to ask the community to come to the aid of the American Red Cross so it can ensure programs that help individuals and families in times of disaster are appropriately funded.

Last year, we asked the Abrams Firefighter a few questions to learn why he supported the important fundraiser. Race has been a volunteer fire fighter in Northeast Wisconsin for 14 years. The first ten were with the Village of Howard Fire Department and now he is with the town of Abrams Fire Department.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter?About 14 years ago, after talking to a friend about his experience with the Howard fire department.

What do most people not know about your job? The amount of hours of training it takes to be a volunteer fire fighter.

What are you most proud of? The fact fact that I give back to the community by being there when they need me. Also, the training we do in the local grade school.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? The Red Cross is always there when we call for the victims and for us so its my way of giving back for all they do.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? That there is a lot more going on behind the scene than anyone knows. Like the amount of time the volunteers put in to help people they don’t even know.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My dad, For teaching me to be a person and helping when needed.

Watch for Rick Race on WBAY’s Heartbreak to Hope Telethon. You will also find Rick Race and our other heroes at  the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the American Red Cross on  May 26, 2011 – 4p.m.-7p.m.  

For more information and a list of Bucket Brigade locations across northeast Wisconsin, please visit http://www.newredcross.org.



Invest in the positive. Indulge in helping others

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Lt. Mark Stahnke and Carmen Bierstaker

When local fire departments heard the American Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts again. This year increased need has exhausted the disaster response budget so their efforts are much needed. Local firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the American  Red Cross on Thursday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners so this year we are spotlighting supporting firefighters and  Red Cross Disaster volunteers. You might only see these partners together during a disaster response or during the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the American Red Cross so we are happy they  took the time to answer our questions.

Lt. Mark Stahnke  has been with the Green Bay Fire Dept  as firefighter/paramedic for 18 years and was kind enough to answer our questions. 

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? After college, I continued my education and training in the fire and medical field; hoping that some day I would be able to  serve on a department in Wisconsin.

What do most people not know about your job? Time that is spent on public assistance. Helping  people in the community at all hours of the day and night with any problem big or small.

What are you most proud of?  Peoples lives that have been changed with the help of EMS/FIRE.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? Helping with the Bucket Brigade is a chance to help others in there time of need outside the community.

(editorial note: All the funds raised during this fundraiser will stay right here to support programs in Northeast Wisconsin.  It is important to know that the training and support that prepares our volunteers to help their neighbors for local disasters also trains them to be ready to help our neighbors around the world in times of need)

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? The Red Cross is a dedicated and professional organization and has always provide help to the GBFD when help was requested.

Who’s your Hero? And why? I really don’t have a hero.

Carmen Bierstaker of Green Bay, WI has been an American Red Cross volunteer for 4 years and was happy to share a bit about herself and her support.

What inspired you to volunteer for the Disaster Team? Volunteering is very rewarding for me.  To be able to help families when they have just lost their homes, to comfort them, to guide them to take the next step to rebuild their lives. To see and hear the appreciation means alot to me.

What would you tell someone who’s thinking of being an American Red Cross Volunteer? I continue to get the word out to the community with my volunteering, they do not realize what all the Red Cross does.  They are amazed at all of the services we provide: Disaster Services, Transportion & Blood.

What do most people not know about you? Most people do not know that many of the Disaster volunteers work full-time at other jobs and are not paid employees.  I am an accountant and during the summer my boss allows me the flexability to take time off and be available for deployment if needed both locally and nationally

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the group of Disaster Volunteers that I call my Red Cross family.  It is a great group that I’m proud to be a part of.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My Mom is my hero.  She is the rock of our family and the one that has taught me compassion for others.

Thank you to our heroes for answering our questions and for your service to your community.

To find where to spot on of our heroes, at a Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade location, please visit www.newredcross.org.

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Matt Wiessman and Tricia Schnettler

When local fire departments heard the American Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts again during a time when increased need has exhausted the disaster response budget here in Northeast Wisconsin. Local firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the American  Red Cross on Thursday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners so this year we are spotlighting supporting firefighters and  Red Cross Disaster volunteers. You might only see these partners together during a disaster response or during the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the American Red Cross so we are happy they took the time to answer our questions. Our first two heroes, Matt Weissman and Tricia Schnettler, were inspired by parents to be heroes.

Matt Wiessman, Firefighter at the Village of Howard Fire Department, is our first 2011 firefighter spotlight. Matt has been with the Village of Howard Fire Department for a year and been a firefighter for eight.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? I knew I wanted to be a firefighter since I was little and had my first toy fire truck.  As I got older the influence of my cousin, a firefighter in AZ, instilled the desire in me to continue my dream.

What do most people not know about your job? Often times people think that we just put out the fires and go home.  However there is a lot more behind the scenes than people think; countless hours of training, preparing for different fire scenarios, working with the community, time spent away from our families & supporting other organizations.

What are you most proud of?  I am most proud of being a part of the Howard Fire Department and feeling the camaraderie of the community & fellow firefighters.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? It is such an important event for us as part of the community to give back and help others when they are in need.  I feel the Bucket Brigade is something little I can do to show my support and raise awareness in my area.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? The Red Cross is an organization that provides so many services for people in need at unexpected times.  At the same time they help make our jobs as firefighters easier by supporting us while we do our job and continue to take care of those family’s external needs.

Who’s your Hero? And why? The Hero in my life would have to be my father. He is a strong minded, multi-talented person who, no matter what, never gives up on the things he wants out of life. He has always said to me, “You can be or do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it.”

Tricia Schnettler, from Sheboygan Falls,  joined the American Red Cross as a volunteer 6 months ago.

What inspired you to volunteer for the Disaster Team? I was inspired to join the Disaster Team because I have always enjoyed helping people and this gives me the opportunity to do that.

What would you tell someone who’s thinking of being an American Red Cross Volunteer? Volunteering with the Red Cross is an excellent opportunity to give back to our community and help people in need. There is no greater reward in life than knowing that you can make a difference.

What impact have you seen in your community because of American Red Cross Services? I have seen first hand the assistance that the Red Cross provides to people affected by fires, storms, flooding, or whatever disaster may occur. It’s great to know that we have the Red Cross support in our community to help out when it’s needed.

What do most people not know about you? One thing most people don’t know about me is that my husband and I are sponsors for a little girl in Haiti. It’s a great feeling knowing that we are making a difference in her life.

What are you most proud of? I would have to say that I am most proud of being able to help others. Not only do I volunteer for the Red Cross but I also volunteer for other organizations and events in the area. I have always felt the need to put others first and do whatever I can big or small to help people in need.

Who’s your Hero? And why?I have two heroes in my life and they are my parents. My parents have been the best role models anyone could ever ask for. They taught me to be the person that I am today.

Thank you Matt and Tricia for your time and dedicationAlso … many thanks to the heroes that inspire you to be heroes.

To find where to spot on of our heroes, at a Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade location, please visit www.newredcross.org.