Red Cross Asks People To Join During Red Cross Month

Organization Helping Those In Need For 130

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.

“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Across the Northeast Wisconsin Region, Red Cross chapters responded and provided assistance in 163 local disasters last year. The chapters served 676 military families, taught 45,503 individuals lifesaving skills, and collected 38,404 units of blood.

“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Hansen said. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.”

It’s hard to imagine a world without Heroes. They’re the drive behind every mission, the hope that aids disaster work. They are the gracious community-minded people that support the American Red Cross in so many ways.
 
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots campaign that invites local business people, school and church groups, civic clubs and individuals to pledge to raise $1,000 for their local Red Cross Chapter. We invite you to support your local Heroes, or become one yourself, beginning in the month of March.
 
It’s an extremely rewarding way to help the Red Cross help others – whether we’re providing shelter, food and emergency financial assistance to disaster victims; transmitting important messages to military members overseas; or training your community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

“When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world,” Hansen said.

About the Northeast Wisconsin Region:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapters. 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. We are also on Facebook (American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region) and Twitter (NEWRedCross). Our blog can be found at arcgbw.wordpress.com.

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.

Oshkosh Volunteer Helping Flood Victims in Tennessee

Updated: May 07, 2010 10:26 PM EST. By Matt Smith, WBAY – click for video of story

Nearly a week after a record thirteen-and-a-half inches of rain fell in Tennessee, causing an historic flood, there is frustration, despair — but also hope.

Nashville’s mayor says flood damage will exceed more than $1.5 billion in that city alone.

At least 31 people are dead in three states — 21 of them in Tennessee.

Barbara Behling has seen the damage from Nashville to Memphis. “In many ways it’s overwhelming.”

The Red Cross volunteer from Oshkosh took a few minutes to talk with us on the phone Friday during the massive effort to get food, shelter, and aid to the people of Tennessee — help to some areas that couldn’t begin until nearly a week after the flood began.

“In many of those areas, the Red Cross is still not allowed in. You have to be a first responder or a firefighter, a policeman, search and rescue. They’re doing some body recovery,” Behling said.

To help capture the gravity of the flood, Behling tells the story of a seven-year-old girl, Priscila, whom she met at a shelter.

Priscila Marquez hugs her Red Cross teddy bear at shelter in Memphis. Photo Credit: Tracy Kiest/American Red Cross

“She said, ‘Today’s my birthday,’ and I wished her happy birthday, and she goes, ‘We lost everything,’ and I said, “Well you still have your sister.’ She goes, ‘Yup, and I have my sister because we’re good swimmers and we were able to swim out of our house.’ And I inquisitively said, ‘You swam out of your house?’ She’s like, ‘Yup. Dad opened the door and we had to swim, and we swam to the shore and now we’re safe.'”

The work in Tennessee has barely begun. Behling knows the need and loss will continue for weeks.

“It’s predicted with some rain showers tonight, so we’re all a little on edge,” she said Friday.

On Saturday a second American Red Cross volunteer from Northeast Wisconsin will head to Tennessee.

American Red Cross Northeast WI Region Deploys Staff Member to Nashville to Assist with Floods

May 3, 2010 – Oshkosh, WIBarbara Behling, Regional Community Development Officer, for the Northeast WI Regional Red Cross received the call at Noon today.  She is going to be deployed to Nashville, TN Tuesday morning as part of the American Red Cross Advanced Public Affairs Team (APAT).

This team focuses their efforts exclusively on proactively reaching out to the national print and broadcast press and successfully generating extensive coverage of 1) what Red Cross is doing to help, 2) who we are assisting, 3) how long we will continue to provide our services, and 4) how the rest of the country can help the Red Cross continue its vital work.

The APAT includes about 150 professionals with diverse backgrounds in communication, marketing, public affairs, media relations, journalism, and related fields. All members must be enrolled in the Red Cross system and affiliated with a local American Red Cross chapter.

Behling’s first assignment as part of the APAT team was in June of 2008 for the WI Floods. She is scheduled to be deployed for 5-7 days.

 To follow Behling on Facebook and Twitter:

  • Twitter.com/bbehling 
  • Facebook.com/barbarabehling

 About the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Region: 

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of six chapters serving 19 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County, Lakeland, Manitowoc/Calumet, Neenah-Menasha and Outagamie Chapters. 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

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.

Northeast WI Region Announces Year End Results

There isn’t a household in America that hasn’t benefited from the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. This is the reason why we are thrilled to present our second Northeast WI Regional Report to the Community.

This past year, we have grown significantly as a Region. We have streamlined operations, implemented our strategic plan and are planning individual Chapter and regional growth to serve the Northeast WI Region including the Michigan border communities even better.

You no doubt-ably know we provide emergency assistance. But did you know our volunteer teams are called into action more than every-other day? Around the clock, our trained volunteers provide the basic need services to help individuals and families weather the storm. More than 90% of our emergency responses are for residential fires. Sadly, most could be prevented. However, through thick and thin, all our disaster assistance is free just when people need a little help the most.

We supported more than 2,500 military families through emergency messages, transportation, and pre-deployment briefings. In addition, our work at the Oscar G. Johnson Hospital and Outreach Clinics in Iron Mountain, MI along with The King Facility in Waupaca, WI is year-round and expanding thanks to continued grant funding and our dedication to support Veterans and their families.

Our Health & Safety training spans from youth to senior education. With more than 44,000 trained in life-saving skills, we have saved countless lives. Our work isn’t over, kids still drown, not every business has individuals certified in life-saving skills, nor does every household. Our goals are high. A few hours in a class could mean the difference between life and death. You will learn more about being Red Cross Ready in the coming months.

Building upon our nursing tradition, we are now offering Nursing Assistant Training at two Chapters. We’re thrilled to teach, certify and license the current and next generation of health-care providers.

Our community programs are unsung heroes. These programs focus on un-met needs within individual communities. For example:

• Lakeland Chapter provided nearly 67,000 rides to for those 60+ or with a disability to get to needed medical, employment and other appointments.
• Neenah-Menasha Chapter provides an emergency food pantry.
• Outagamie Chapter Shopping & Errands program helps senior, homebound and/or disabled with services so they can remain in their home.
• East Central WI Chapter administers the Bridges program to support heating, rental and emergency funding for residents, transportation, Senior Friends and a medical equipment loan program to more than 10,000 clients. With tough economic times, the demand is unparallel, the stories are sobering and the need is great.

Every two seconds someone in the USA needs the gift of life. By collecting 34,549 units of blood, our supporters saved thousands of lives. This easy self-less act, gives so much to someone you may never know. We’re proud to provide nearly half the nations blood supply.

The American Red Cross is a dynamic organization that has served the country since 1881. With this being said, it’s amazing to learn that much of what is accomplished 24/7/365 is done by countless volunteers whom donate time, energy and knowledge. Each volunteer has their own story, their reason for giving back. It’s our honor to call them our partners and brand ambassadors.

We are proud of our story and we can’t wait to share more of it with you. We welcome your questions, comments and can provide additional details, photograph and welcome a whole gamut of story-lines and interview options. We welcome your call at 920-642-0404 or e-mail at Barbara@ecw-redcross.org as does each Chapter Executive.

Happy New Year!