Lebanon Office – March Volunteer Update

MARCH, 2011
As I am writing this I am watching coverage of the Tsunami in Japan.  Such devastation and sadness.  It makes me proud however that as the news coverage is relaying information it is reporting that there are Red Cross Teams on site and ready to provide shelter and other assistance as needed.  This is what Red Cross does best, alleviates human suffering, and it can only be done through the hard work and commitment from people like you, our volunteers.  Let me start this update with a big thank you for your work with the Red Cross.
Here on a local level we had many activities going on during the last month.  Of course we started February with a blizzard and ended with some flooding.  We responded to two fires and one flooding event and were able to assist these families with a place to stay, food, and clothing.  In addition we opened five new cases throughout our seven county region.  We made a huge difference in the lives of these families as they recoverd from devastating fires.   Our volunteers logged 1049 volunteer hours this last month, hours in which they gave of themselves to help others.
We taught several classes during the last month.   I feel that the training of our volunteers is one of the most essential steps in ensuring effective and efficient response in disaster.  We have several classes coming up that are important.  Monday, March 14, is the Family Services, Providing Emergency Services class.  This is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It is important for those who would like to be able to help provide direct assistance to families devastated by local or national disasters.  On Wednesday, the CAS Workshop I will be taught from 9 a.m. – noon.  This workshop provides information on how to enter the casework information into the national data system.  It is essential in casework to be able to use the CAS system. On Saturday, March 19th, we have a CPR/First Aid class beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Tuesday, March 22, is the Frontline Supervision Class, which is taught to all volunteers who would like to advance to supervisory level in their field.  On the 24th we will be teaching the Chapter Response to Disaster (DAT Response) class from 9 – noon.  Then on Wednesday, March 30, we will have CAS Workshop II taught from 9 – noon.  This is a more advanced level class on the CAS system.  This would be good for all caseworkers to take as a review if they know CAS but need some review and instruction on a more advanced level.  If you have not registered for these classes please email Mary Switzer or call 588-9292 or our office at 533-8121. 
Be sure to put April 28th on your calendar, that is the date for our 8th Annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast.  Doors will open at 6 a.m. for breakfast and the program begins at 7 a.m.  This is one of our premier events, and I promise you will leave the event feeling uplifted and proud to be a part of such an amazing event.  When tickets go on sale you can contact the Chamber of Commerce to pick up your free ticket, for Red Cross volunteers.  Each year the volunteers select a volunteer who exemplifies the true spirit of Red Cross, giving of themselves to help others.  I am proud to say that this year the Gloria Doss Award will go to David Sewell.  This is richly deserved as David has given hours of his personal time to help with casework, fire response, and office work to help with our disaster response and casework throughout our region.  In addition, David has worked on countless national assignments in the technology support area and serves as a National Network Support Center Volunteer.  Congratulations David.
Our next meeting will be on March 17, at 6:00 p.m.  I can’t emphasize enough the value of attending these meetings to keep informed of the many activities of our local and Regional Red Cross.  Besides, it is fun to visit with an amazing group of people.    Bring a snack if you want.  On a personal note, thank you to all of you who helped make my 60th birthday more bearable by making me laugh at your antics.  I appreciated all the fun at the last meeting and enjoyed all the cards and greetings.  Thanks to Chris and Perry for coming to our meeting.  I am truly blessed to have such great Red Cross friends.
Thanks for all you do,

Mary Switzer, Volunteer
American Red Cross
Lebanon Office
Communication Services
Volunteer Coordinator


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