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10 Ways to Strengthen Oregon and Create a Culture of Preparedness

10 Ways to Strengthen Oregon and Create a Culture of Preparedness
This has been a great experience and I am glad that I was able to contribute in such a meaningful way to our community.

Kelsey Decker and Shiela Peralta are as different as two young women can be. Kelsey traveled the world working with non-profit groups. Shiela is interested in business and is a social media maven. They found commonality at the American Red Cross Cascades Region last fall when they came on board as Emergency Preparedness Coordinators as part of the Oregon State Service Corps AmeriCorps program. Over the past year they learned new skills, gained program management experience, contributed to community-program building, acquired self-confidence, and made business contacts and new friends.

In the course of her participation in AmeriCorps with the Red Cross, Shiela says she found herself becoming more assertive, more outgoing and better able to work with diverse audiences. “This has been a great experience and I am glad that I was able to contribute in such a meaningful way to our community,” she says.

AmeriCorps is a National Service movement with roots in the Peace Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with an opportunity to address pressing community needs by completing a year of service. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance and an education award.

Program Director Mark Johnson says that AmeriCorps placement opportunities are available in the areas of disaster services, education, healthy futures, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and/or volunteer generation. “These are priority areas,” says Mark. “In disaster services, for example, members’ service will help individuals and communities prepare, respond, recover and mitigate disasters and increase community resiliency.”

The following positions are currently open within the American Red Cross Cascades Regions. While many are based in Portland, there are opening in other communities such as Eugene, Bend, Salem and Medford.

Disaster Preparedness and Safety Coordinator (Eugene-based)

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator (Portland-2, Salem-1, Bend – 1, Medford-1)

Disaster Services Recruitment Coordinator

Humanitarian Services Recruitment Coordinator

Red Cross Preparedness Communication Coordinator

Red Cross Youth Club Coordinator

To apply for any of these positions, visit www.osscamericorps.org. Applications will be accepted through July 30, 2015.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.