On July 24, American Red Cross volunteers and staff members from the Central New York Chapter entertained 14 students from Nottingham and Henninger high schools in Syracuse who visited the Chapter to learn about the Red Cross.
The students, who are entering eighth through 12th grades, are part of the Liberty Partnership Program and STEP (Science & Technology Entry Program). Both programs are administered through Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and the goal is to get the students focused on graduating from high school and attending college.
Each summer, students in the program complete a different service delivery project, and this year’s project involves learning about the collection and use of blood. The students visited local hospitals and met with a phlebotomist, and their project will culminate with their volunteer work at a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Le Moyne.
As part of their project, the students put together their own comfort kits for people who are displaced from their homes by a disaster, and they presented the kits to the Red Cross during their visit Wednesday.
During the visit, Emergency Services Manager Susan Pope met with the students and explained the Red Cross mission, the fundamental principles, history of the Red Cross and the Central New York Chapter, and Red Cross services, both locally and throughout the Central New York Region.
Volunteers May Becker, Paul Francher, John Hennessy (on his birthday!), Bobbie Krukowski and Sue Page, along with staff members Tom Czajak (Major Gifts Officer) and Matt Michael (Communications Officer), explained their roles in the aftermath of the flooding disaster that affected 2,500 families last month in Madison, Oneida and Herkimer counties.
Susan and the Red Cross volunteers also gave the students a tour of the new Chapter office and the Chapter’s fleet of the disaster response vehicles.
“Thank you for taking time out of your day to talk to the group and for helping me to give them such a full and rounded picture of what we do,” Susan said in a note to the volunteers and staff members who met with the students. “I am very grateful for all of your contributions today. What a team!”