The American Red Cross of Delmarva relies on dedicated volunteers to provide support to those who have been affected by disaster. These volunteers range in jobs from office support, to Disaster Action Team (DAT) responders, to certified nurses, and so much more.
One group of dedicated volunteer nurses comes from the Nemours Health System in Wilmington, DE. Following Superstorm Sandy, team lead Cathleen Rossi-McLaughlin saw a need for support and worked with the Delmarva Chapter to create a group of roughly 20 nurses who could not only provide nursing support, but could also take on other roles. Over the three years of the partnership, the group has taken an active role in a number of different ways including becoming training as DAT members, becoming Home Fire Campaign volunteers and leads, joining the Board of Directors, and becoming Red Cross Nursing Network Leads.
Most recently, a group of six Nemours nurses deployed to Philadelphia in September to provide support during Pope Francis’ visit. Their job was to help staff the 24 hour Red Cross medial tents and provide needed medical care to the influx of visitors to the city. Three Nemours team members, Cathleen Rossi-McLaughlin, DeKeisha Howard and Elizabeth Bayliss, were on the day shift that weekend. Some of their experiences included helping to care for another group’s volunteer, a diabetic, when she had issues with her blood sugar levels, respiratory incidents, and falls.
The Nemours team has been an integral part of the Delmarva Chapter for the past three years, providing support not only in their area of expertise, but also in other positions that interest them. To get your company involved or to volunteer as an individual, please click here.