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

When There is a Need there is a Way

 To View Photo’s of the event go to click HERE!

Fire Fighters and American Red Cross Partner to Invest in the Positive

 May 27, 2011 – Firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers came out in greater force this year as the fundraiser grew to 21 locations acrossNortheast Wisconsin. The need was also much greater this year as increased need for disaster response exhausted the disaster relief budget just 7 months into the fiscal year.

The dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, partnered up again to ask their community to be Heroes during the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade to benefit the American Red Cross and to help sustain disaster relief operations. The community answered by contributing an estimated $16,000 during the Fire Fighters’ Bucket Brigade.  

“The Red Cross is an organization that provides so many services for people in need at unexpected times,” says Matt Weissman, Firefighter, andVillage of Howard.  “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.”

Trained Disaster Volunteers are ready to help at a moment’s notice. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on enabling individuals and families affected by disaster to independently resume their normal daily activities by meeting their emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, clothing, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.

“People count on the American Red Cross to prepare them for disasters and emergencies. We work together by teaching lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid, providing preparedness education addressing a wide range of hazards, developing community response partnerships, and training volunteers,” says Steve Hansen Executive Director.  “A successful Heroes Campaign supports our common goal of helping people reduce their risk of injury or loss in the event of natural or human-caused disasters.”

Outagamie, Waushara, Waupaca, Winnebago, Sheboyganand Marinette counties had fire departments participating. Fire fighters from the many participating departments along with Red Cross volunteers were stationed locations acrossNortheast Wisconsinto collect donations and talk about their partnership.

Our heroes were at locations across these counties making their support apparent and collecting donations in red buckets between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday night. All locations featured the life-saving equipment used by fire fighters and our heroes available once again in a time of need.

The Northeast Wisconsin Region is a grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. 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

Social Media Sites:

Blog: www.newredcrossblog.org

Facebook: newredcross 

Twitter: newredcross

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.

 

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

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Brenton Ward

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 – TODAY!  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.

Brenton Ward is the Manager of Public Relations/Public Education with the Suamico Fire Department and was kind enough to answer our questions. 

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? Since I was a little kid.

What do most people not know about your job? The amout of time, planning and coordination that goes into making PR/Pub Ed events a success.

What are you most proud of?  That is a hard question.  I would have to say my girlfriend Kim and her Son, Trent.  They put up a lot of time taken away by me doing this.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? To give back to my community.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? Nice people, easy to work with.  They really do what ever they can to help people.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My Hero…..  Hmmmm….. That would have to be my Dad.  He has always been there and formed me to be the being I am today.

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

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 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.

Partners Investing in the Positive

Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to invest in the positive at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

This isn’t the first year several fire departments joined forces to raise money for the local Red Cross Chapter and its Emergency Services programs that help those in crisis right here in our community. This year Firefighter and Red Cross volunteers in uniform will be collecting donations with red buckets outside several local retailers. At many locations, fire departments will bring a fire truck.

While the frightening images of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes are shocking enough to grab daily headlines, other disasters, such as residential fires, often go unnoticed, even in our own neighborhoods.

Its ability not to grab headlines doesn’t make a disaster any smaller to the individuals and their families being affected. Trained in disaster relief, Red Cross volunteers also support the firefighters and first responders as they help those in crisis.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on enabling individuals and families affected by disaster to independently resume their normal daily activities by meeting their emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, clothing, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.

At the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade the community will see these partners and heroes working together to ask their neighbors to help them invest in something positive.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Our heroes from the Pulaski Fire Department will also be at Smurawa Bakery, 204 East Pulaski St., on Saturday May 22, from 7 am – Noon.