Ways to volunteer – Fox 11 Good Day WI Live Segment

Updated: Monday, 28 Feb 2011, 9:10 AM CST
Published : Monday, 28 Feb 2011, 4:34 AM CST

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BROWN COUNTY – No matter what age, many people are encouraged to take time out of their daily routine and volunteer in their community.  FOX 11’s Emily Deem spent Monday morning checking out some local volunteer sites.

FOX 11 stopped by the American Red Cross and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, on Monday.

Volunteer Opportunities at the American Red Cross:

Disaster Action Team (DAT)
Assist individuals affected by local disasters (fires, floods, tornadoes, and other natural & man-made disasters)
Provide disaster preparedness information to the community
Opportunity for advanced training for those interested in assisting on national disaster assignments

Transportation Driver
Transport individuals 60 and over and those with disabilities in the Green Bay metro area to medical, nutrition, employment and social appointments
Must be at least 18 years of age
Have a good driving record
5-hour morning or afternoon shifts available
Car or van available to drive
Flexible schedule

Health and Safety Instructor
First Aid and CPR/AED
Babysitter’s Training
Flexible Schedule
Greet public and answer phones
Light office duties

Blood Drive Aid
Assist at blood drives in the registration or canteen area or a blood donor room aid

Communication and Marketing
Help in promoting the Red Cross story to local media
Public speaking—brief talks to organizations about Red Cross services
Assist with grant writing and research

Special Events/Fundraising
Assist with planning and coordination
Assist at events

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County is looking for people to help deliver meals in the area.

The home-bound meal program has been going strong for 30-years. The center delivers one meal a day to those that are “home bound”.

If you are interested in volunteering you must be at least 18-years or older. You are required to have a valid drivers license, provide your own vehicle and proper insurance.

To learn more about home bound meal drivers click here .

To volunteer in other areas in Northeast Wisconsin, click here .

Stay safe in the pool: Good Day WI Live Shot 5-25-10

Published : Tuesday, 25 May 2010, 9:34 AM CDT  Reporter: Alison Struve: Click HERE for Video.

DE PERE – The American Red Cross provided the following tips to stay safe around the pool this summer:

Learn to swim well. Contact your local Red Cross Chapter at http://www.newredcross.org for information on learning how to swim — nearly 3 million people learn to swim each year with Red Cross programs.

Never leave children unattended near water—not even for a moment! Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to always be within arm’s length when a young child is near water. For older children–even adults–who are not strong swimmers, practice “active” or constant supervision and make sure they wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) whenever in or around the water.

Know how to respond to an emergency. You should know how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or is drowning and how and when to call for emergency help. You should also learn how to help someone in trouble in water while keeping safe yourself. Do not create a situation where you become a victim as well! Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do.

Keep lifesaving gear handy. Always have on hand a ring buoy, life jacket, rope, pole or other object that can be used to help a person in trouble. Remember to have a first aid kit, cordless phone and emergency contact information by the pool.

Know when it’s too dangerous. If you, or someone you are swimming with, appear to be too cold, too far from safety, been exposed to too much sun, or had too much strenuous activity, it is time to head for shore or signal for help.

Eliminate temptation. Backyard pools should have self-closing, self-latching gates that remain locked when the pool is not being used. Kiddie pools should be emptied and toys removed immediately after use. Empty water pales and buckets so small children cannot fall in and drown.

Know what you’re getting into. Check local tides, currents and other conditions which could be dangerous before entering open bodies of water.  

FOX 11’s Alison Struve got some pool safety tips Tuesday morning.