American Red Cross Offers International Humanitarian Law Course

Humanity in the Midst of Conflict

American Red Cross Offering International Humanitarian Law Course

International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict. The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross.

Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 10 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.

The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values.  In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.

Click on the link to learn more: http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/index.jsp

 International Humanitarian Law:

WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2012

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Training Classroom

WHERE: American Red Cross, 515 S. Washburn St, Ste 201, Oshkosh

The chapter will provide drinks and snacks. To sign up please call Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director at 920-227-4287 or email weyersj@arclakeland.org

Humanity in the Midst of Conflict

American Red Cross Offering International Humanitarian Law Course

International Humanitarian Law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict. The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross. 

Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 10 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.

The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values.  In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.

 International Humanitarian Law:

Thursday, November 17, 2011          

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Lower Level Classroom

American Red Cross,1302 E. Wisconsin Ave,Appleton,WI54911

 The chapter will provide drinks and snacks. To sign up please call Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director at 920-227-4287 or email weyersj@arclakeland.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.

Volunteers Past and Present are the Strength of the American Red Cross

Special Blog Post by Kerri Hah in Honor of the Five Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

As a new volunteer for the Lakeland Chapter, I am amazed by the commitment and generosity of the volunteers in the eight county area.  Many of you have been giving your time for decades and new ones join every day.   By far though, the largest number of volunteers reached out to the Red Cross to help five years ago when they saw the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the news.  The fact that so many of you are still with the organization is a true sign of the important work the Red Cross performs and the strong leadership in place. 

During Hurricane Katrina, I was the assistant executive director for a chapter about the same size as the Lakeland Chapter out East.  In talking with staff here in Wisconsin, I quickly realized that we had similar amazing and heartbreaking experiences during these weeks five years ago.  Both chapters had an influx of clients coming to their doors needing assistance, both had donations pouring in from the community, and both had thousands of local residents interested in learning what they could do to help.  I recently learned the Lakeland Chapter deployed over 50 volunteers to the Gulf Coast, many of whom were new volunteers that would be going out on tough assignments for two to three weeks.  As a former staff person who knows all too well the complexities of this process, this is an astounding number of volunteers to train and get deployed in such a chaotic and short time frame. 

 My staff and I were able to deploy 32 volunteers, all of whom came back to the chapter with tearful and joyous stories of the families they helped.  As I look back five years later at many of the volunteer leaders at my former chapter, I am not surprised at all that many of them are the same volunteers who showed up at the Red Cross doors five years ago willing to do anything to help; I’m confident that Lakeland Chapter has the same situation. Today many of these are board members, DAT leaders, fundraisers, and committee chairs.  Red Cross chapters all over the country are stronger today in large part because of these volunteers. Although the fifth anniversary of Katrina should be a reminder that the unthinkable can happen and that we all must do our part to get our homes, communities, and nation ready, it should also remind us of the importance of volunteerism. 

 Kerri Hah

Red Cross volunteer & former staff member

About Kerri: Kerri Hah has been either volunteering or working for the American Red Cross for the last 13 years.  She started her career at the Outagamie County Chapter as assistant to the executive director/volunteer coordinator and over the years has worked for six different chapters in all lines of service including health and safety, volunteer services, disaster services, financial development, public relations, and chapter management.  In addition to her Red Cross work, Kerri is a full-time grant writer, currently acting as the development director for Creative Energy & Data, a Green Bay based renewable energy company.  She and her husband lived out East for the last ten years and recently moved back to Appleton to be closer to their families.  They have one daughter and are expecting another child this winter.

Humanity in the Midst of Conflict

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Offering International Humanitarian Law Course

International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict.  The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross. 

Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 10 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.

The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values.  In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.

International Humanitarian Law Course

Date: Wednesday August 25  

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm

Place: 2131 Deckner Ave, Green Bay

Sign up: Call or e-mail Jody Weyers, Communcations Director, at 920-227-4287 or weyersj@arclakeland.org.  Drinks and snacks will be provided

To learn more about the International Committee of the Red Cross and Humanitartian Law, Click HERE.

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.