SANDY IN REVIEW: In the nine months since Hurricane Sandy struck, the American Red Cross has served more than 17.5 million meals and snacks, distributed more than 7 million relief items and provided nearly 113,000 health and mental health contacts. It has utilized more than 17,000 workers, including 30-plus from the Grand Canyon Chapter.
SO LONG, AMERICORPS: The Grand Canyon Chapter thanks its four outgoing AmeriCorps members, Jenna Hulke, Crystal Robeson, Holly Salas and Dani Winhold, for a great year of service. We appreciate the many things you’ve done for the Red Cross!
DISASTER SYMPOSIUM: The Grand Canyon Chapter has reached capacity for its annual disaster symposium Sept. 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 2532 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix. If you missed out this year, make sure to register early next year!
BLOOD DRIVE: The Red Cross is holding a blood drive Aug. 15 at the Grand Canyon Chapter’s headquarters, located at 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “arcgrand.” All donors will receive a voucher for a buy-one-get-one-free ticket to a Phoenix Mercury game, as well as a Red Cross water bottle.
SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM MEETING: The Grand Canyon Chapter is holding a special events team meeting at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at its headquarters. If you’re a volunteer interested in special events, send an e-mail to Dan Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISASTER RELIEF STATISTICS: In the last fiscal year, the Grand Canyon Chapter provided financial assistance to 538 families after 458 disasters, utilizing 624 volunteers. Click here to learn more about how the Grand Canyon Chapter can assist you if you suffer a disaster: www.redcross.org/az/phoenix/programs-services.
PHSS INSTRUCTORS: The Grand Canyon Chapter has seven new Preparedness, Health and Safety Services instructors. Do you want to join our team? You can sign up today at www.redcross.org/az/phoenix/volunteer/become-a-red-cross-volunteer.
WATER SAFETY RESOURCES: Did you know August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month? The Red Cross recommends these tips to keep you and your family safe around water this summer: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety.
BABYSITTING 101: Do you know how to calm a crying baby? Or how to handle a conflict between two children? How about what to do if a child has a tummy ache? Learn how to help kids have fun, while keeping them safe and following household rules with Babysitting Basics, a Red Cross online course. Register at www.redcross.org/babysitting.
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