Red Cross Tweet-Up

March 13, 2011
NEWS RELEASE
Recruitment Drive for Social Media Volunteers
“Voluntweeters Needed”
SPRINGFIELD, MO: The Red Cross will hold their first-ever local Tweet-Up to kick off a recruitment drive for a new generation of social media volunteers.
The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is among a handful of Red Cross Chapters nationwide taking the lead in developing dynamic social media programs. The goal is not only to provide timely information to the community during future disasters, but also to engage the community in a dialogue – empowering citizens at the scene to help guide response efforts by providing crucial real-time information.
This program is managed by a team of volunteers from throughout the region and they are looking for more help to develop the community’s digital response capabilities. If you or anyone you know is good with a digital camera, a video editor, twitter, facebook, or good old-fashioned interview skills (think blog posts), then the Red Cross says they need your help.
All prospective volunteers, #Missouri #Ozarks tweeters, and those merely curious about the Red Cross are invited to attend the monthly Volunteer Meeting and first-ever Tweet-Up on Thursday at 5:30pm at the Springfield Office, 1545 N West ByPass.
The Tweet-Up will be hosted by @OzarksRedCross as voiced by @MarieNCGH, Disaster Public Affairs Lead for the Joplin Office of the Red Cross; @PerryElkins, Regional Disaster Public Affairs Lead & member of the National Red Cross Public Affairs Team; & @girlnigel, a virtual social media volunteer who will be joining the meeting, literally, “from the road.” The regional chapter CEO, @DebiMeeds, will also be participating in the discussion of crisis information and the developing role of social media in disaster response.

The twitterverse is invited to join the discussion by following the meeting hashtag: #orctup1

Greater Ozarks Chapter Social Media Sites:
We are dedicated to being available to our community. Please join us on twitter and facebook: www.twitter.com/OzarksRedCross and www.facebook.com/OzarksRedCross.
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.

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