TORNADO RELIEF: The American Red Cross has served more than 182,000 meals and snacks, distributed 34,000-plus relief items and made 8,000-plus health services and mental health contacts after the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. It also has utilized more than 1,100 disaster relief workers, including three from the Grand Canyon Chapter.
SUPPORT THE RED CROSS: Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes can make a donation to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. Donate at www.redcross.org/donate, by calling 1-800-733-2767 or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 donation – off your next wireless bill. These donations provide food, clothing and shelter to those displaced by disasters. The Red Cross thanks you!
YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY: Want to help people impacted by the tornadoes? Visit www.smallbitesofsummer.com to purchase a “Small Bites of Summer” dining card for $30, then stop by as many as 30 Valley restaurants by Aug. 31 to enjoy a pre-established small plate. The Red Cross will receive $3 from every card that’s sold.
DPE SCHEDULED FOR MESA: The Grand Canyon Chapter will hold a disaster preparedness education workshop from 6:30-7 p.m. June 4 at the Mesa Public Library, located at 64 E. 1st St., Mesa, AZ 85201. The free seminar will help individuals, families, organizations and businesses prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. It will demonstrate the importance of preparing for emergencies, with topics including how to build an emergency preparedness kit, keep in contact during a disaster, plan an evacuation and prevent a fire. To register, visit http://american.redcross.org/mesadpe.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Grand Canyon Chapter Disaster Symposium will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 2532 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029. Expect to receive program and registration details later this month.
ON THE MOVE: Gilbert resident Laura Crouch has replaced Sue Lennox as co-chair of the Grand Canyon Chapter’s disaster health services division. Crouch will work alongside Kay Jones, having volunteered for the Grand Canyon Chapter since 2010. She’s an associate clinical professor with the Northern Arizona University School of Nursing, and she previously volunteered for the Grand Canyon Chapter in Flagstaff.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION HOUSEKEEPING: Log into Volunteer Connection, then click on the “My Profile” tab to update your information. Volunteers who haven’t logged on in the past 90 days will be deleted from the system. … Upload a recent photo of yourself into Volunteer Connection. New badges will be issued by July 1.
A QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s always nice to be able to help people, and when you’re helping them in sometimes their darkest hour, it really gives you a good feeling that what you’re doing makes a big difference. A lot of times, people don’t realize that we’re in the community every single day. Whether you see us or not, we’re there.” – Grand Canyon Chapter Yavapai County Emergency Services Specialist Mike Tomkins
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