|Volunteer Cathy Sharpe hands out emergency supplies to families affected by |
Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles Louisiana.
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 78 adults and 24 children following 43 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)
Last Week in Review
- Last week, Greater NY Red Cross volunteers and employees continued their work on the ground in the Gulf. This included Brian Gerber and Nanci Banninger from our Mass Care team who are coordinating the distribution of food following Hurricanes Sally and Laura. Brian was featured by the Journal News early in the week.
- As he departed NYC to support wildfire relief in Oregon, Red Cross volunteer Vincent Daniele was featured on NY1.
- On Wednesday, in partnership with State Senator Phil Boyle, we hosted a presentation on how to prepare, respond and recover from local emergencies and large-scale disasters in your community.
- Last week, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month! The Red Cross salutes the service of all our Hispanic & Latinx volunteers.
- Wednesday night, Red Cross team members helped families displaced by a fire on Grand Street in lower Manhattan.
- We are actively recruiting for the following volunteer positions: Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteer, Hurricane Season Reserve Corps. Apply today at www.redcross.org/volunteer! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Sept 23: Join us for the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for a presentation on Disability Etiquette and Awareness. During the presentation they will go over how to best assist people with disabilities, information on each kind of disability and various accommodations for the home and workplace. (Red Cross Volunteers Only)
- Sept 29: We have a Sheltering Volunteer Information Session so you can help those in need. Due to predictions for an active hurricane season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Sept 29: The Missing Maps Project mobilizes volunteers all over the world to build maps that can be used in disaster response, public health campaigns, and other forms of humanitarian assistance. During this event, you will be helping to build a missing map for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre to assist in forecasting future disaster impacts. (Red Cross Volunteers Only)
- Sept 22, 24, 30: Prepare, Respond, Recover is a free virtual training about what you and your community can do when natural and man-made disasters strike. Register for an online session here.