PHOENIX (Nov. 26, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying four AmeriCorps volunteers to help people in New York and New Jersey, where the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is still disrupting lives almost a month since the destructive storm made landfall.
Jenna Hulke, Crystal Robeson, Holly Salas and Dani Winhold are flying Tuesday to New York to work in sheltering for the next two to three weeks. Robeson graduated from Arizona State University this year with bachelor’s degrees in global health and geography, and Winhold, a Gilbert native, has a bachelor’s degree in African/international studies from Portland State University. A Lake Havasu City resident, Hulke has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, while Salas holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary health services from Western Michigan University.
Nearly 500 people displaced by Sandy spent Sunday night in three shelters in New York. The Red Cross has served more than 7.3 million meals and snacks; distributed more than 5.1 million relief items; offered more than 84,000 health services and emotional support contacts; and provided more than 77,200 overnight stays. More than 13,900 Red Cross workers – 29 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have supported the relief efforts, including nearly 6,100 who are on the ground right now.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.