Monday, June 19, 2017

In Case You Missed It - June 19

Last Thursday night, Red Cross volunteers, employees, and board members from across New York came 
together to celebrate the LI Red Cross’s Centennial Celebration.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 106 adults and 37 children following 52 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • June 20, 22 & 23: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY. For $75, you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt and baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Case You Missed It - June 12

The new summer interns began their Red Cross experience by installing smoke alarms in Sheepshead Bay.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 48 adults and 24 children following 33 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • June 12, 14, 15 & 17: Red Cross blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross Building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • June 15: The American Red Cross on Long Island will celebrate 100 years of service to the Long Island community and recognize heroes from the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross at its Centennial Celebration Gala at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury. For $75, you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In Case You Missed It - June 5


MMC Global volunteers serve the Harlem community through fire safety education and smoke detector installations.  

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 88 adults and 40 children following 43 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • June 5 & 9: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 pm at the American Red Cross in Greater New York building, located at 520 West 49th Street in Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • June 10: The 2017 Full-Scale Exercise American Red Cross of Greater New York's regional opportunity to test and train to our current plans, policies, and procedures for serving our clients in a large-scale Disaster Relief Operation. We are looking for volunteer actors to play the roles of survivors in a shelter. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Full-Scale Exercise as an actor. 
  • June 15: The American Red Cross on Long Island will celebrate 100 years of service to the Long Island community and recognize heroes from the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross at its Centennial Celebration Gala at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY. 
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY. For $75, you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In Case You Missed It - May 30


Red Crossers at the Intrepid over Memorial Day Weekend. (Photo: Brett Whysel)

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 49 adults and 14 children following 32 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review


For Memorial Day weekend, the Greater NY Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) team was exceptionally active with the following activities:


Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • May 31 & June 1: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • June 10: The American Red Cross Greater New York Full-Scale Exercise 2017 is a regional opportunity to test and train our current plans, policies, and procedures for serving our clients in a large-scale Disaster Relief Operation. We are looking for volunteer actors to play the roles as survivors in a shelter. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Full-Scale Exercise as an actor.
  • June 15: The American Red Cross on Long Island will celebrate 100 years of service to the Long Island community and recognize heroes from the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross at its Centennial Celebration Gala on June 15, 2017, at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY.
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY 8/22-8/27. For $75 you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In Case You Missed It - May 22

American Red Cross Greater NY provided assistance to the NYRR Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon. (Photo: Oonagh Turrito)
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 61 adults and 17 children following 44 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • May 19, 23, 25: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • June 10: The 2017 Full-Scale Exercise, American Red Cross in Greater New York's regional opportunity to test and train our current plans, policies, and procedures for serving our clients in a large-scale Disaster Relief Operation. We are looking for volunteer actors to play the roles as survivors in a shelter. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Full-Scale Exercise as an actor. 
  • June 15: The American Red Cross on Long Island will celebrate 100 years of service to the Long Island community and recognize heroes from the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross at its Centennial Celebration Gala on June 15, 2017, at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY 8/22-8/27. For $75 you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In Case You Missed It - May 15


Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 89 adults and 41 children following 49 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • May 16, 17, 19: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • June 10: The 2017 Full-Scale Exercise American Red Cross of Greater New York's regional opportunity to test and train to our current plans, policies, and procedures for serving our clients in a large-scale Disaster Relief Operation. We are looking for volunteer actors to play the roles as survivors in a shelter. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Full-Scale Exercise as an actor. 
  • June 15: The American Red Cross on Long Island will celebrate 100 years of service to the Long Island community and recognize heroes from the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross at its Centennial Celebration Gala on June 15, 2017, at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY 8/22-8/27. For $75 you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In Case You Missed It - May 8

Red Cross Volunteers at the NBC NY Health & Wellness Expo. (Photo: DianeConcannon)
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 86 adults and 42 children following 38 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • May 10, 12,15: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • May 13: The Red Cross will be in the Staten Island communities of St. George, West Brighton, Todt Hill, Arrochar, Dongan Hills, and South Beach to install free smoke alarms. The Staten Island Advance announced the event on their website. The #GetAlarmedNYC Program will also be in Corona and Elmhurst, Queens. Volunteer to help out, or sign up to get a free smoke alarm installed in your home
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY 8/22-8/27. For $75 you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrating Red Cross Nurses





American Red Cross Nurses Pin
The coveted Nurses Pin is worn by more than 20,000
Red Cross Nurses across the country.


by Stan Frank


During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2017, the American Red Cross in Greater New York is celebrating the contributions of more than 20,000 nurses and nursing students throughout the United States who serve the Red Cross in many different capacities. 


American Red Cross Nurses
Red Cross nurses during World War I,
World War II and student nurses today.
The Red Cross Nursing Service was established in 1909 by Jane Delano, who honed her nursing skills in 1888, helping victims of yellow fever, and in 1898 treating soldiers during the Spanish-American War. As the first president of the National Committee of the Red Cross Nursing Service, she is credited with organizing for disaster relief and training more than 8000 registered nurses by the time the United States entered World War I in 1917. 



Debbie Hayden, RN
In the Greater New York Region, Debbie Hayden, RN, serves as Regional Manager for Health Services, leading over 150 health volunteers, including nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, paramedics, EMTs, and nursing students across New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island. She joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in 2010 and was the Long Island Health Services lead starting in 2012. A seasoned veteran, Debbie has been deployed on more than 20 nationally-declared disasters including Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy both of which struck in the New York region. 


Depending on the nature of a disaster or emergency, Debbie uses the computerized Red Cross Client Assistance System (CAS 2.0) to communicate with nurses and other medical personnel and alert them to the need for assistance. Disaster health service workers are all part of Disaster Action Teams who work together in an emergency. Nurses are trained to work at the scene of a disaster or at a disaster shelter.

Among the varied services nurses provide are the following:
  • Assess the overall physical, mental and spiritual needs of disaster victims
  • Provide assistance or care for disaster-related unmet health needs through Disaster Health Services casework
  • Obtain information about victims’ needs for medication or medical equipment
  • Provide assistance to replace medications, medical supplies, eyeglasses, drug prescriptions, etc.
  • Refer victims to the appropriate resources for medical or financial assistance

In addition to providing disaster services, Red Cross nurses also serve in a wide variety of roles within the Red Cross, including in management and supervisory positions, as teachers, and as representatives of the Red Cross with local and national community partners.
  
Thank you to all of the Red Cross Nurses who help us prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters every day!

To learn more about the Red Cross and Red Cross nursing opportunities, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/nurses

Monday, May 8, 2017

Symbols of Hope

By Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO, American Red Cross in Greater NY




We see the images daily on TV and online—communities around the world stricken by disaster, families in desperate need of food, medical care, shelter and hope. Just as these sights of war, natural disasters and health emergencies have become all too common, so too are those ubiquitous Red Cross and Red Crescent vests worn by the heroes who give of themselves to deliver relief.

We saw them following terrorist attacks in Belgium, France and Turkey; we see them in the midst of war in Syria; we saw them after tragic mudslides in Peru and Colombia; we saw them streaming into communities after Hurricane Matthew ran its course last fall; and we see them locally after fires ravage people’s homes every day here in Greater NY.

Red Cross and Red Crescent (depending on the country) volunteers offer support following some of the most difficult moments imaginable in just about every corner of the globe. The exact assistance they provide may vary depending on the specific needs on the ground and on the local context, but the essence of what they do is the same: they deliver urgent relief to the most vulnerable following disasters large and small.

Greater New York volunteers proudly represent this global humanitarian network in NYC, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley and deliver vital services to those who need it most. Our volunteers quietly step in to provide needed support and services to help families and communities find hope and recovery.

As we celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day today May 8 (the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of our global Movement), we salute all volunteers who strive to alleviate suffering and save lives.

Photos:
Upper left: Aleppo; Syria, photo credit: Syrian Arab Red Crescent
Upper right: Putumayo; Colombia, Photo credit: Colombia Red Cross
Lower left: Charleston, West Virginia; Photo credit: Daniel Cima
Lower right: Les Cayes, Haiti; Photo credit: Jethro J. Sérémé






Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Case You Missed It - May 1

Honoring the Paris Train Attack Heroes at the Red and White Ball.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 84 adults and 41 children following 49 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • May 2, 4, 5, 8: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • May 6: Want to become a part of the Red Cross Movement and help change the world one community at a time? Register to attend our volunteer orientation in Manhattan or in Goshen and learn about the many ways you can impact your community and make new friends by volunteering with the American Red Cross. 
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY 8/22-8/27. For $75 you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt & baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Apr 24

Celebrating volunteers at the Greater NY Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 89 adults and 37 children following 49 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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