#GIVING TUESDAY

 

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On Tuesday, December 2, a national day of giving – #GivingTuesday – will kick off the holiday season.  In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages businesses, individuals and families to support charitable activities.

At the American Red Cross, we will celebrate #GivingTuesday within the umbrella of our annual Holiday Campaign.  Now in its sixth year, our campaign taps people’s desire to Give Something that Means Something, inspiring acts of goodness and emphasizing that the holidays are about giving back.

By partnering with the Red Cross on #GivingTuesday and beyond, you can help make the holidays more meaningful. 

Click HERE to see how you can make a difference!

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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.

A Simple Message of Thank You…….

By Lisa Stanchfield, Program Services Specialist

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Thursday, May 2 we responded to a fire that displaced 30 people in Fond du Lac.

On Friday, during the day we had about half of those people, adults and kids in our back room until we could work with the family on where we were putting them for the weekend.

We gave the children coloring books to use, I rented some movies, but one of the things they like was drawing on the dry erase board. I found the message that one of the children left on the dry erase board rather touching.

These are the moments I really appreciate working for such a great organization.

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12

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National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12, a time set aside every year to recognize the many ways the nation’s nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions. During National Nurses Week, the American Red Cross recognizes the more than 20,000 nurses and student nurses who serve the Red Cross today.

“Nurses have always been a cornerstone of the American Red Cross,” said Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director. “Red Cross nurses have come to the aid of others during times of disaster and conflict since Jane Delano began the Red Cross Nursing Service in 1909. During National Nurses Week, we celebrate Red Cross nurses in Northeast Wisconsin and across the United States.”

Today nurses serve directly as part of Red Cross disaster response teams, at health fairs, volunteering in military clinics and hospitals, manning first aid stations and promoting blood donations.

Nurses also teach and help develop different courses like CPR and First Aid, Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training, Babysitting and Family Caregiving. They serve in management and supervisory roles in Red Cross chapters and blood regions and in leadership roles on local Red Cross boards and the national Board of Governors.

BECOME A RED CROSS NURSE If you are an RN or LPN/LVN, consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Student  nurses are also welcome.  Contact your local Red Cross to learn about volunteer openings in your community.

Shouldn’t Every Week Be National Volunteer Week?

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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!

To all who gave, from all who received. Thank you.

THANK YOU