Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Lesson in Outreach

Red Cross Holocaust and 
War Victims Tracing Volunteer 
Donna Winkler (standing) reviews 
Red Cross documentation with 
Ana Aleksiev. 

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many people keep to themselves while they check off their never-ending list of people to shop for. So today, we wanted to share this great example of outreach. 

Our volunteer extraordinaire, Donna Winkler, is a caseworker for our chapter's Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center. Here, she explains how outreach is not as scary and complicated as it's reputation precedes. 

Outreach, instead, is simple - reaching out, even if it's to one person.

- Donna Winkler

I had always thought that those doing 'Outreach' were doing something miraculous and mysterious.  That one had to go out into the cold world and knock on unfamiliar doors and ask for money.  Not true.   

At a recent dinner I attended, a woman approached me and told me that she wanted information about tracing her relatives who were lost during World War II. Asking for her business card, I agreed to be in touch. When I returned to the chapter office a few days later, I sent her a short note telling her of my delight in meeting her. I enclosed my contact information and the form necessary to begin the Tracing Process.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heroes is Here!

Holiday Mail for Heroes is underway and we couldn’t be more excited! Now in its third year, Pitney Bowes has partnered with us once again to bring holiday greetings into the hands of service members and veterans, many of whom will be away from home this season. 

Amy Grant's holiday card design
Everyone seems to be getting involved, such as members of the U.S. Senate and even Dr. Phil and Amy Grant.  (We loved Amy's beautiful card hand-drawing skills!) 

Here in Arizona, some of our PIOs (Public Information Officers) in Peoria Library conducted a Holiday Mail for Heroes event last week, complete with Christmas music, markers, and holiday cheer to create some joy for the Armed Forces. 

Tomorrow afternoon, we will be out in full force in Bashas' across the valley, giving people a chance to take a moment and write on provided cards that will be sent out.  How cool is that?

Since we are passionate about serving military families and this is a great way to gather the community together and express appreciation for defending our freedoms.  

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November is National Youth Involvement Month

Each November, the American Red Cross celebrates the incredible work that youth do for the organization. Nationally, youth volunteers do everything! We respond to disasters, give blood, teach preparedness classes, raise funds for international relief and support our troops.

What better way than to start a youth club at your school?  Are you ready for awesome steps to get you involved? 

Here's How:

Week 1: 
Getting Active and Finding a Volunteer Project

Week 2: 
Spreading the Word and Tracking your Volunteer Experience

Week 3: 
Staying Active and Finishing a Project

Week 4: 
Recapping Your Experience and Moving Forward

Look forward to more information to come out every Monday in November over Youth Wire and the Redcrossyouth.org blog.

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross invites youth and young adults to consider starting a Red Cross Club in your school. Check out our Youth Club information and Get Active today!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Welcome to GCC!

Greetings everyone!

We are very happy to begin our first chapter blog!  Lots of new and exciting changes are happening here at GCC:

- New Blog
- New Website
- Recent Saba Learning System launch - more efficient way to get involved in online training
- Holiday Mail for Heroes is gearing up!
- It's fall and we are loving the weather!

At GCC Blog, you will get great info on events we have planned, stories from our volunteers, updates on our national Red Cross outreach, and links to generally awesome sites (we are always open to suggestions!) You'll get a more in-depth view of who we are as a chapter and how we are involved in the Arizona community.

We look forward to sharing info, ideas, and updates with you!  Don't forget to connect with us on
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Flickr.

Have a Happy Friday and Safe Halloween!