|Evacuees in Vacaville, Calif., in August after wildfires tore through the countryside nearby.|
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 80 adults and 28 children following 36 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)
Last Week in Review
- On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record.
- We hosted a virtual presentation of The Pillowcase Project to teach children about emergency preparedness co-hosted by New York Senator Shelley Mayer.
- On Tuesday we heard from Natacha Gomez who jumped at the opportunity to deploy to Louisiana to help prepare local shelters for the impending landfall of Hurricane Laura.
- Wednesday we celebrated Podcast Day by showcasing our informative podcast featuring our volunteers and partners discussing tips on how to manage life around COVID-19.
- Our team member Ronnie Rigos continues to deliver humanitarian support to those affected by the wildfires in the California Gold Country Region. His team is adapting to overcome the obstacles of a pandemic.
- Our volunteer Maria L Anguiano was recognized by Univision Nueva York as an Angel del 41 for her dedication to her community and her service with the Red Cross.
- 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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- October 5, 8, 22: 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.
- Oct 6, 7, 8, 20, 28: The Pillowcase Project is a free virtual emergency preparedness education class that teaches children (ages 7-12) about emergency preparedness. Register for an online session here.