National Volunteer Week!

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This National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12, the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do in the community to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

One thousand volunteers serve within the 20 counties of the Northeast Wisconsin and our upper Michigan border communities. Nationally, the Red Cross has nearly 400,000 volunteers, which represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce.

“Our volunteers respond to house fires, teach lifesaving skills, support our military members in the community and much more,” said Jody Weyers, Director Volunteers and Communications. “They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service.”

Across the organization, the Red Cross has an average of 14 volunteers for every one employee. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14 per hour, further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross.

Last fiscal year, Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to thousands who faced home fires, tornadoes, winter storms and other emergency situations. They trained 49,003 people in lifesaving skills and provided emergency services to families of military members serving around the globe. In addition, we presented 50,000 holiday cards to Veterans and active duty members along with supporting multiple Veteran programs.

They also helped collect 33,872 units of blood which helps support 46 Wisconsin hospitals. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day from volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

We also provided 63,893 rides in 2013 to those 60 and over or with a disability get to needed medical, nutritional or employment opportunities in the Brown County area.

Join US_Page_1The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does. The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

People can go to:  www.redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. Those interested in hosting a blood drive or scheduling an appointment to give blood can visit redcrossblood.org.

Shouldn’t Every Week Be National Volunteer Week?

WEYERS_03By: Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director

Today starts National Volunteer Week! It seems like it always sneaks up on me and then I scramble to think….oh my gosh…. What am I going to do to recognize our volunteers??? This year, I am not stressing about it because it should not be about recognizing our volunteers during this week – we should be recognizing and thanking our volunteers all year long!!

Recognition comes in many different forms, and volunteers value recognition in different ways.  A verbal thank you, a hand written note, a little token of appreciation, a birthday/anniversary card, a formal recognition event.  All of these ideas are great ways to say thank you. What do you perceive as gratitude of thanks? There is no right or wrong answer, which is why volunteer recognition must be a mixed bag of showing gratitude.

Here is a list of some of my  top 10 ways to show appreciation and recognition all year long to our volunteer work force:

1. Always say Thank YOU!

2. Have a smile on your face when working with volunteers. Volunteers are coming into your organization to help others. They don’t want to hear you complain about your co-workers, other volunteers or problems in your life.

3. Create a comfortable working environment or create their own space to call home.

4. Send a birthday card. Go one step further and have it signed by all your staff and other volunteers they may work with.

5. Recognize anniversary dates.

6. If you see an article about that volunteer (or donor) cut it out and send it to them with a note of congratulations.

7. If you know about a loss of a family member, illness, or if they are just going through a hard time – send them a note of encouragement, a single flower, cup of coffee….. just a simple thing to let them know you are thinking of them during this time.

8. Comment on a volunteers Facebook page with “Great job today” or “Thank you for volunteering”. This also shows their friends and family the good work they are doing within your organization.

9. Show interest and get feedback. Ask volunteers “Are there ways we can improve things, how can we improve your volunteer work, etc?

10. Provide a name badge or some type of logo apparel.

Beside the last one, none of these tips cost much to an organization. The thing is this cannot just be the culture of the Volunteer Department.  To be extremely effective, this should be the culture of your entire organization.

On this week and EVERY WEEK I want to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time, energy, blood and support to the American Red Cross. We could not do it without you!

Red Cross Urges People to Volunteer

If you like helping people, the Red Cross is the place for you.

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners. These volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

The Red Cross is also encouraging people who have been thinking about volunteering to take the plunge. People wanting to make a difference should contact your local American Red Cross to learn about getting involved.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in the Northeast corner of the state of WI and reaching into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in communities across the country, on average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been washed away in a flood or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill.

 American Red Cross volunteers…

  • Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict.
  • Support blood drives across the country.
  • Help veterans, members of the military and their families in theU.S.and overseas.
  • Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills.

And do so much more!

Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To volunteer, contact Jody Weyers, Regional Director of Volunteers at 920-227-4287 or weyersj@arclakeland.org

Presidential Proclamation — National Volunteer Week, 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

President Obama Signs Landmark National Service Legislation

Our Nation has been profoundly shaped by ordinary Americans who have volunteered their time and energy to overcome extraordinary challenges. From the American Revolution and the Seneca Falls Convention to the everyday acts of compassion and purpose that move millions to make change in their communities, our Nation has always been at its best when individuals have come together to realize a common vision. As we continue to pursue progress, service and social innovation will play an essential role in achieving our highest ambitions — from a world-class education for every child to an economy built to last. During National Volunteer Week, we pay tribute to all who give of themselves to keep America strong, and we renew the spirit of service that has enriched our country for generations.

That spirit lives on today in countless acts of service around our country. When one of the deadliest tornados in our Nation’s history touched down in Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011, thousands of volunteers stepped forward to serve their fellow citizens. They turned a university into a hospital. They repurposed doors for stretchers. They rushed food to those in need and filled trucks with donations. To date, they have committed more than half a million hours to bringing support and shelter to a community during a time of profound hardship and heartache. In Joplin and across America, we see the transformative power of service — to unite, to build, to heal.

My Administration remains steadfast in our commitment to empower more Americans with tools to shape their communities. During my first 100 days in office, I was proud to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a landmark national service law that laid out a strategy to link service with innovation, established the groundbreaking Social Innovation Fund, and charted the expansion of AmeriCorps. Last month, we launched FEMA Corps, a new service corps that will enhance our national capacity for disaster response and prepare its members for careers in emergency management. Through United We Serve and national service days, we continue to connect individuals young and old to new opportunities to reinvent their world through service — from fighting hunger and expanding access to healthy, affordable food to mentoring young people and fostering literacy. In all of these efforts, we are reminded how volunteer work can expand opportunity not only for those in need, but also for those who give. Service can teach valuable skills that pave the way to long-term employment and stay with volunteers throughout their careers and lives.

Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers. I encourage every American to stand up and play their part — to put their shoulder up against the wheel and help change history’s course. To get started on a project near you, visit www.Serve.gov.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 15 through April 21, 2012, as National Volunteer Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

Red Cross Volunteers are People in Action

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is a time to celebrate volunteers. This year’s theme, Celebrating People in Action, aptly describes volunteers from Northeast Wisconsin. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.

Red Cross Volunteers from Northeast Wisconsin come from all walks of life. They are brought together with one common purpose—to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

 Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love….”

With hearts full of grace and souls generated by love Red Cross volunteers are always ready to step in and help people down the street, across the nation and around the world. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers serve veterans, members of the military, and their families; work at blood drives; respond to large and small disasters; and provide international tracing services.

During National Volunteer Week we want to thank each volunteer. We take this time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and blood the Red Cross has received from the citizens of Northeast Wisconsin

National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite you to join us. If you are not a volunteer, give the Red Cross a try. Red Crossers are people who are trained to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergencies. To get started contact your local Red Cross Chapter at www.redcross.org

Celebrating People in Action

What do we call people that, with willing hearts, give to their community week after week, year after year, expecting nothing in return?  We call them volunteers.

 At the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter more than 450 volunteers know the satisfaction of helping others. In the words of Winston Churchill “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

 Red Cross volunteers save the day. They provide a place to stay and emotional support when their neighbors are faced with a home fire or other disaster. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers connect military families, work at blood drives, and, in general, take the actions needed to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and blood the Red Cross has received from the citizens of Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Menominee (WI), Menominee (MI), Oconto and Shawano. Thank you. Without your gifts we could not fulfill the Red Cross mission.

 National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite you to join us. If you are not a volunteer, give the Red Cross a try. Red Crossers are people who are trained to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergencies. Right now we especially need people in the following two volunteer areas:

 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

 

To volunteer, contact Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director at 920-227-4287 or weyersj@arclakeland.org