Happening Now Blog

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Red Cross: Volunteer for Just Two Hours

Giving Blood

Two hours of your time can make a difference.

That's all it takes to help the Oregon Red Cross as we educate Oregonians about the importance of preparedness and encourage their support of local disaster relief.

www.buyablanket.org

Every Saturday from Sept.11 through Oct. 2, we'll be stationing greeters in Fred Meyer stores around the state and asking customers to buy a "virtual blanket," a gift of comfort and hope for their neighbors after a devastating house fire.

We'll also give them a disaster checklist filled with inexpensive items that will help them be prepared for anything.

Whether you're in Milwaukie or Medford, Portland or Pendleton, it's easy to volunteer – just sign up for a two-hour shift at the Fred Meyer store closest to home.

Help us help others. Sign up as a volunteer greeter today.

In Other News...

Compression-Only CPR hit the headlines last week, when the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that the use of chest compressions only, without the addition of rescue breathing, should be supported in certain situations.

This is in line with American Red Cross guidelines, though we still encourage Oregonians to be trained in full CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

VIDEO: How to perform Compression-Only CPR 

Wilderness First Aid Perfect for Hikers, Outdoors Enthusiasts

Oregon is known for its natural beauty - soaring mountains, rushing rivers and sandy coastlines. But that beauty can turn deadly if you ever find yourself stranded in the wild.

To ensure Oregonians are never caught unprepared, the Oregon Red Cross offers a Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, taught over the course of two Saturdays. This 16-hour course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas – away from the usual EMS service.

Learn more about Wilderness First Aid 

Haiti Update
Red Cross funds initiatives in Haiti, including $6.1 million cash-for-work program with Mercy Corps.

Blood Drive
Blood donors rock with free VIP access to Vans Warped Tour.

Fundraising Event
Jeld-Wen TraditionAugust 16-22
Sunriver Resort
Charity Ticket Program benefits Oregon Red Cross.

Volunteer Profile
From hurricanes to house fires, former Seattle firefighter Tom Jellum has helped people recover from disasters of all sizes.

Special Thanks
Spirit Mountain: "As a rural Tribe, we know the importance of safety planning and preparedness. We are honored to support the Red Cross' efforts to help families and neighborhoods be prepared in case of a community crisis."
-- Shelley Hanson,
Director, Spirit Mountain Community Fund