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Feb. 4 Field News: For Grand Canyon Chapter Volunteers

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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has redeployed Fountain Hills resident Martha Iskyan to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy. Iskyan traveled Jan. 26 to New Jersey to work as a mental health supervisor – now in her third stint for Sandy. A retired psychologist, Iskyan has volunteered with the Grand Canyon Chapter since January 2012, and she previously volunteered with the Red Cross in Cincinnati. For Sandy, the Red Cross has served 11 million meals and snacks; distributed 6.9 million relief items; and offered 109,300 health services and emotional support contacts. About 16,800 Red Cross workers – 32 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have supported the relief efforts, including 1,000 who are on the ground right now.

SUPPORT ON THE RESERVATION: The Grand Canyon Chapter is working with community partners to provide drinking water for Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation residents who are facing water shortages caused by subfreezing temperatures in the northeast portion of Arizona. The Grand Canyon Chapter has received water from the Association of Arizona Food Banks, Fry’s Food Stores, Home Depot, Safeway and Walmart. From Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon Chapter transported water Jan. 30 to Kykotsmovi Village, and it took water Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to Window Rock.

A PROMOTION: The Grand Canyon Chapter has promoted Marcial Bolina to Community Relations Coordinator. Bolina is a longtime member of the Grand Canyon Chapter, initially serving as a volunteer. Since April, he has worked as an Administrative Support Specialist, with a focus on the Volunteer Connection pilot migration. Most recently, he was an Operations Assistant, handling payables, purchasing and customer support. He’s a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital as a Medical Supply Specialist. He also has spent time in the insurance and retail industries. He’ll report to Grand Canyon Chapter Programs Manager Lillian Garcia.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Retired Lt. Col. Carol Jeannine Dahl has more than 10,000 volunteer hours with the Grand Canyon Chapter since 1993, primarily in disaster mental health. A Scottsdale resident, Dahl spent 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, with a deployment for Operation Desert Storm. As a Red Cross volunteer, she has responded to 19 large-scale disasters, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Dahl had two stints on the faculty of the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 to 1995, when she retired as an associate professor and as associate dean for community resources and extended education. She’s a 2010 inductee into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, and she’s now an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: “Hello, this is the American Red Cross. What’s your disaster?” Working out of the Grand Canyon Chapter’s headquarters in Phoenix, fireline dispatchers take incoming calls from fire departments and other emergency response agencies about families that are displaced by disasters, then relay the information to Disaster Action Team members. Track DAT members as they respond to calls, providing backup support from the office. Fireline dispatchers are needed for four-hour shifts during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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