Monday, July 17, 2017

In Case You Missed It - July 17

Greater NY Red Cross Health and Safety instructor Lipica Shah appeared on the Today Show on Tuesday to discuss summer safety.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 42 adults and 24 children following 29 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

  • On Saturday, the Service to the Armed Forces team provided support at a 'Welcome Home' Outreach Event and Veteran Affairs Enrollment Day at St. Albans VA Medical Center.
  • On Friday, Greater NY Red Cross Health and Safety instructor Lipica Shah demonstrated infant CPR on Good Morning America. She also appeared on the Today Show on Tuesday where she taught CPR and provided essential summer safety tips.
  •  Metro NY North Red Cross volunteers were on hand at Stewart Airport in Orange County to provide care, comfort and compassion following a last week’s tragic military plane crash that took 16 lives, including nine based in Newburgh, N.Y. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones.
  • On Thursday the Greater NY Red Cross posted the newest installment to its #MyRedCrossLife series, featuring Communications volunteer Jessica Kirk. Jessica reflects on lessons she has learned since joining the American Red Cross in 1996.
  • On Wednesday, Greater NY Red Cross published a video featuring Danese Smalls, a Harlem artist who used her artwork to recover emotionally from a fire last April that destroyed her home of over 20 years.
  • The LI Red Cross and their volunteers were present at the Veterans Standown at American Legion Post 390 in Hempstead on Tuesday, supporting U.S. veterans and service members.
  • The Greater NY Red Cross celebrated the 5-year anniversary of their Learn-to-Swim partnership with NY State Parks, National Heritage Trust, NY State Department of Health and the National Swimming Pool Foundation on Monday. CEO Josh Lockwood was on hand at Roberto Clemente State Park to help celebrate the milestone.
  • Greater NY Red Cross published a new Hope Starts Here video highlighting five facts about the life of the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, bringing to light why the Red Cross supports service members through the Service to the Armed Forces Program. Hope Starts Here is a local employee engagement campaign to make the Greater New York Red Cross the best place to work in the 13 counties they serve.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • July 17-19, 21 & 24: Red Cross blood drives will take place 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.
  • July 20-23: Join us for in-depth sessions and refresher courses at the Blue Sky Summer Camp. For 3 days, we will review all aspects of NYC Ops, from casework to teamwork, from sheltering to deployment, from using CAS to engaging with media. This training event is open to all volunteers. Registration is available on Volunteer Connection.
  • July 21: Cheer on Long Island Red Cross CEO Neela Lockel at the Babylon Soldier Ride next Friday, an event created in support of veterans and wounded service members. The community ride begins at 9:30 a.m., with the kick-off celebration taking place at 9 a.m.
  • July 22: Have you ever dreamed of enduring physical hardship to benefit the Red Cross? If so, please consider joining Team Red Cross Tough Mudders who will compete in Long Island on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Register here or cheer on the team as a spectator. Please contact our team lead Travis Tam with any thoughts, questions or suggestions. 
  • July 24: Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn is holding its annual Camp Swim-A-Cross fundraising event for the American Red Cross on Long Island.  
  • 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.

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