FREE! FREE! FREE!

Now that we have your attention! Let’s get trained in life-saving skills thanks to our Sheboygan County United Way partnership! All residents can receive free health & safety training. That’s right, from babysitting skills to first aid to even how to perform CPR or use an AED!  No strings attached! You just have to live in Sheboygan County, register (first registered basis) and attend the class by June 30, 2014.

9753338-standardClasses being hosted locally include:

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
  • *Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult CPR/AED
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Babysitter’s Training – designed for youth ages 11-13.

Classes are available at the Red Cross building at 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan. For a complete list of courses descriptions, times, requirements, please go to www.redcross.org/Take-a-class.

You can also register by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) and press Option 3.  You must provide the Coupon Code of UWSHEBOYGAN0614 for the course to be complimentary.

If your organization, group or club wants to train a group of people at the same time, please contact terry.roe@redcross.orgor by calling 715-590-4495.

Would you know what to do in this situation?  Click HERE to read this life-saving story!

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United Way Kick Off Time

UWEach year, the United Way’s community campaign partners corporations and individuals alike to raise funds for local community programs. This fundraiser is so very important because for the American Red Cross it means we can:

  • We provide shelter and hope along with financial support for food, infant supplies & clothing for those who just lost everything in a fire
  • Educate children, elderly and civic groups alike simple-steps to better prepare for an emergency
  • Provide safe, reliable transportation to those 60 and old and/or with a disability get to their needed appointments.

The Brown County United Way kicked off their campaign Thursday, Sept 5 with their 6th Annual Glow Golf Campaign Kickoff event.

Brown County United Way Campaign Chair, Denis Hogan announced a 2013 Community Campaign goal of $4,050,000.

“This is a big goal, but very achievable in a compassionate community like ours,” said Hogan. “I’m honored to be a part of this effort. The funds raised will have a critical impact on program outcomes in Brown County.”

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to kick off our internal campaign on Tuesday, September 10.  Not only does the United Way support the Red Cross, but our employees support the United Way.

We are proud to be a charity partner of the following United Way Agencies: Green Lake County Area United Fund; Ripon United Way; United Way of New London; Waupaca Area United Way; United Way of Dickinson County; Fond du Lac Area United Way; Oshkosh Area United Way; United Way Fox Cities; Winneconne Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Way of Shawano County; Brown County United Way; Manitowoc County United Way; New Holstein Community Chest; Oostburg Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Fund of Kewaunee County; Valders Community Chest; Town of Chilton Community Fund; Greater Random Lake – Adell United Fund; Brillion Community Fund; Cedar Grove Area United Fund; Sheboygan and Plymouth Area United Way; United Fund of Chilton; Town of Chilton Community Fund

How Does One Prepare for Glow Golf??

(l-r) American Red Cross Team: Jody Weyers, Chris Mangless, Cathy Dworak and Mary Swanson

(l-r) American Red Cross Team: Jody Weyers, Chris Mangless, Cathy Dworak and Mary Swanson

By Jody Weyers, Director of Communications

The Brown County United Way kicked off their campaign last night with their 6th Annual Glow Golf Campaign event.  They had a strong turnout of more than 170 attendees and 30 foursomes playing night time golf at Ledgeview Golf Course in Depere.

The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, received the call a couple weeks ago, that we were the winners of the nonprofit drawing that receive a free team.  (THANK YOU UNITED WAY) 

Never having participated in glow golf before, I did send an e-mail to our United Way contact asking some “preparedness” questions:

  • Do we use our own clubs or are there special “glow clubs”? Answer: You use your own clubs.
  • Do we have a special ball and how do we see the course: Answer: Glow sticks lining the fairway and we use a glow ball.
  • Nine hole or 18 scramble:  Answer:  Nine Hole Scramble (thank goodness!)
  • What to wear:  Answer:  Normal golf apparel, our fancy new United Way t-shirt we would receive at registration, or some foursomes dress in a theme.

I am feeling pretty good about the event, I asked my questions, shared them with my foursome and I am ready!

I get to the event, and I find out we are walking the entire nine holes.  If I would have thought about, it is probably not the safest thing to have 30 + teams riding around in the dark on a golf cart.  #fail 1

We are provided glow balls, necklace, and glow stick & flashlight to see your bag/ball and for us to be seen.  Not nearly enough glowing material. #fail 2 not bringing a headlight or some other additional lighting equipment.

Thanks goodness, one of our teammates was familiar with the course, because otherwise, it would have been impossible to know where to go for the next hole.  #fail3 Not getting a map of the course to know where to go.

No matter if it is Glow Golf, or a disaster such as a tornado, hurricane or fire, the key message is about being prepared!

I know next time I will be ready. I already started to assembly my kit!

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  1. My United Way t-shirt to show my support.
  2. More glow sticks!
  3. Plenty of glow balls.
  4. Flashlight.
  5. Money – to buy raffles tickets to support the United Way.
  6. First aid kit.
  7. Toilet Paper and hand sanitizer — it is REALLY hard to see where the port-0-potties are on the course.
  8. Make sure to down-load the Red Cross First Aid app (just in case)…we are golfing in the dark after all, and not everyone yells FOOOORE!.

Thank you to my team mates for your support and for the many laughs. I am happy to report, we came in third place and no injuries. Success!!

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Youth in Action!

Thank you to the the Domination All Star Cheerleading Tumble and Dance group from Two Rivers that helped distribute 500 Fire Prevention Door Hangers on Saturday, April 21st as part of the Manitowoc County United Way Day of Caring.