A Day in the Life

This post comes from Shannon Vance, International Services/Military Services intern from Bradley University.

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 8.50.12 AMAt our chapter you will find disaster services, health and safety teams, development gurus and communications experts. Every team will welcome you with a smile and a helping hand because we’re the American Red Cross. However if you’re really lucky, you will also find two wonderful people, sharing a cubicle and occasionally wearing coordinating colors. Say hello to your International Services team. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Since June of this year, I have served as the International Services Intern under Emily Richards who is the Regional Manager for International Services and Service to the Armed Forces. Got a question about International Humanitarian Law? We’re your go-to people. Want more information about Restoring Family Links? Absolutely, let’s hear it. Perhaps you’re more interested in our fight against measles and rubella. We can do that too. Having your hands in so many different projects can seem daunting and stressful, but is it really a good job if you’re not passionate about what you’re working on?

With that being said, welcome to International Services. Let me show you what one of my days as an intern would look like.  Read the rest of this entry

Red Cross Staffers Chat – Back To School

Red Cross staffers, Monica and Erin, talk about back to school safety and smart tips for parents.

 

Know what route your children will be taking if they walk or ride their bike to school.

Know what route your children will be taking if they walk or ride their bike to school.

  • Erin – I look at this photo and think… I am not too comfortable with these little girls walking to school on this path.  I expect Jason Voorhees to jump out.
  • Monica – Maybe they should pick a different route with sidewalks and more people around.  On a happy note, at least they are using the buddy system.
  • Erin – I am wondering where these children live.  Maybe it is their only option… the creepy, dirt road that needs to have potholes filled.
  • Monica – They probably should move to the side of the road, too, even if they are like Hansel and Gretel and live in the woods.
  • Erin – Gotcha… so side of the road, high-traveled area with sidewalks and no eating houses made of candy.

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A Caravan of Carnivals

Halfway through July, the Youth Department has maintained a presence at a multitude of festivals in the area. Most recently the department had a booth positioned in the family fun tent of the Heart of Illinois Fair at Peoria’s Expo Gardens. In festival settings we see families from all walks of life.

Parents and kids form lines at our booth to participate in our Spin-The-Wheel, game where the participant spins the wheel to choose a safety topic to be quizzed on. In this environment everyone is both a winner and a learner. However, when the opportunity presents itself some festival goers approach our booth to ask questions about our services. Sometimes, they even ask how they can volunteer at the American Red Cross. Occasionally, we hear moving stories that must be shared. While working the booth, I got to hear this. Read the rest of this entry

Why I think Mabel Boardman should have a fan club

We have all heard about Clara Barton being awesome and starting the Red Cross, but there was a woman named Mabel Thorp Boardman that really made the magic happen. This Cleveland born woman was elected to the Red Cross board in 1901 and that’s when the American Red Cross started to become a really big deal.

Bottom line… chick was a rock star and I feel she totally deserves a fan club. The following images, I believe, prove my case… Read the rest of this entry

Red Cross Staffers Chat – Top things to have in a kit

Red Cross staffers, Ginger, Crystal and Erin, talk about the top 9 things you should have in your survival kit.  (Apologies in advance to those of you who like Spam.)

Water - 3 gallons per person for 3 days

Water – 3 gallons per person for 3 days

  • Erin - Okay, so I am going to say this straight – that’s a lot of water.
  • Ginger – Yeah it is, but you need this for everything from drinking to flushing toilets.
  • Erin – Point taken. I could put it in a big rolling garbage can in my basement, I guess.
  • Ginger – What if you need to get the heck out of your house?  How are you going to get that out? You can put a bunch of individuals waters in a backpack for each person in your house.
  • Crystal – Okay so, little miss pansy, right here can’t carry around 3 gallons of water on her back.
  • Ginger – Well you could do both… have individual ones and also some gallons in Erin’s rolling garbage can.
  • Crystal - That’s a good idea.
  • Erin – And I think it is a good idea for us to start taking you to the gym.

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These pics are all you need to know about Red Cross in central IL

Last year, we…

Helped over 1,531 people after they experienced the devastation of a home fire.

Helped over 1,531 people after they experienced the devastation of a home fire.

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Capturing the hearts of teens through IHL

This blog is from redcrosschat.org.

I think I may be turning into an IHL nerd (Does that exist? Like a band nerd?). I just got an e-book copy of the Geneva conventions. Soren, IHL Action Campaign Participant and New Roots Charter School Student via Facebook

In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans and instant connectivity, it takes something special to capture the hearts and minds of American teenagers and young adults. But getting them captivated about International Humanitarian Law (IHL)? For three whole days? That’s really special. Read the rest of this entry

10 Photos that make you feel okay about ditching work for our golf outing

I know what you are thinking.  “Another golf outing this summer?  I just can’t miss anymore work for a round of golf!”

These next 10 pics may change your mind…

The event will be on July 24th at Metamora Fields Golf Course, designed by D.A. Weibring/Wolfard. A great course for every skill level.

The event will be on July 24th at Metamora Fields Golf Course, designed by D.A. Weibring/Wolfard. A great course for every skill level.

 

According to the Farmer's Almanac, it is going to be beautiful weather on the 24th!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it is going to be beautiful weather on the 24th!

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Avoid the Fourth of July Buzz-Kill

I cannot believe that the Fourth of July is already here.  It is the unofficial midpoint of the summer and usually a great day to enjoy some grill delights and fireworks.  And, this year in central Illinois, we will be enjoying some “fan-tab” temperatures thanks to the cold front that came through earlier this week.  Only a high of 79 tomorrow? No humidity? AMAZING!

I know many of you are getting ready to skip out of work early today to hit the road or to run to the store before the mob scene descends after 5pm, so I thought I should throw a little bit of Fourth Safety at you.  There is no bigger Fourth of July buzz-kill than a trip to the emergency room. Read the rest of this entry

The Evil Force is Upon Us

Webster’s Dictionary defines humidity as “an evil force that arrives in central Illinois each summer.  Causing countless women to wear hats or just simply give up on looking decent until fall”. Okay, so that’s a lie… It is my definition of the calamity that hits central Illinois every summer.  I know that when things in life are unavoidable, it is important to be prepared, and being the good Red Crosser that I am… Read the rest of this entry

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