Over two Saturdays in April, the Fort Bragg ARC Youth Club held a “Vaccinate a Village” event at a local grocery store in Fayetteville, NC. The Club was able to set up a table to display the pins and post cards for the “Vaccinate a Village” event between the main entrance and the exit. Club members asked the passing customers for donation to the “Measles Initiative Project” and offered the measles lapel pin or a post card for a one dollar donation. The youth explained the program and answered any questions that the customers may have had. The response was fantastic!
The “Measles and Rubella Initiative” is a global partnership to ensure no child dies from measles or is born with congenital rubella syndrome. The Initiative is lead by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Since it was founded, the “Measles Initiative” has supported the vaccination of more than 1 billion children, mostly in Africa and Asia. That translates to about 4.3 million lives saved and deaths prevented. For more information about the Measles Initiative visit: www.measlesinitiative.org
This project meant so much to the club members because they do not take for granted how lucky they are to have vaccinations as a routine part of their life. They all understand that not all children have the same advantages and just wanted to help level the playing field, to give other children a chance at a healthy life.
These amazing youth volunteers with the American Red Cross, Fort Bragg Station could choose to do many things with a free Saturday and they chose to help Vaccinate a Village. The Fort Bragg ARC Youth Club raised $151.00 in only 13 hours!
Story submitted by: Jeannette E. Salcedo, Assistant Station Manager, Service to the Armed Forces, Fort Bragg, NC.
Following yesterday’s blog post, this post is an update on what the Red Cross is doing to help and what youth volunteers can do to get involved:
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Oklahoma after Monday’s devastating tornadoes with shelters, food, water and supplies, and more workers, supplies and equipment are moving into the area today. Please see this article for details on the response, as well as guidance for things that youth volunteers can post about on their club/chapter’s youth social media channels. This includes sharing verified information, preparing yourselves and your community for disasters, and fundraising for Red Cross disaster relief.
Youth volunteers can use the following official fundraising messaging in their posts: “You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or visit www.RedCross.org. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.”
Download the free American Red Cross Tornado App, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. The app gives mobile device users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.
Youth across the country are mobilizing their Red Cross clubs and their chapter youth volunteer programs to do their part for those affected by these disasters. We want to hear what you are doing! Email YouthInvolvement@redcross.org with this information, and you may just appear here in our next blog post!
Be sure to keep checking back here at www.RedCrossYouth.org for the latest information and guidance for youth on how to help.
- Eli Russ, Member
American Red Cross National Youth Council
Give a fellow team member a pat on the back and nominate them for one of the FY13 National Awards! This year’s nomination process has begun, and submissions are welcome from across the organization.
Instructions, examples and blank forms are available on the MyRedCross Total Rewards website. Submission deadlines vary for each award, and are specified within the instructions for each form
The Red Cross is excited to recognize the best of the best of our employees and volunteers. Take a look at how we recognized FY12 National Award winners earlier this year.!
Especially for youth, check out the Navin Narayan Youth Award, and nominate a special youth in your chapter!
Navin Narayan Youth Award
The Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership is presented to an American Red Cross volunteer between the ages of 14 and 24 who has volunteered with the Red Cross for at least two years and served in a leadership capacity. Like the award’s namesake, Navin Narayan, the ideal recipient will have demonstrated a strong track record of leading and inspiring fellow Red Cross volunteers, creating a positive impact on the community, and exemplifying dedication to the Red Cross mission.
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by today’s severe weather. The American Red Cross is mobilizing relief now. As a youth volunteer, you can help by sharing verified information, staying safe and being prepared, and fundraising for disaster relief.
Our thoughts are with the people of Moore, Oklahoma tonight. The Red Cross is moving equipment, people, and supplies for a major relief effort. Please make a donation to support the American Red Cross so we can respond to this and other disasters at www.redcross.org/donate or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to our Disaster Relief Fund.
Take the Pledge to be prepared, and get the tornado app if you don’t already have it; call, text or share this with a loved one who may be affected today; and review our tornado tips here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado.
As a youth volunteer, you can also find a list of activities your Red Cross club or chapter can do here. One great activity is a Prepare and Share Kit Drive, which will help your family, peers, and neighbors be prepared for disasters and emergencies.
Please share this post with your fellow Youth Volunteers and your Facebook friends. Join the discussion on our new Facebook Group, American Red Cross Youth Network, here!
As more information comes to light, we will continue to give updates on the situation and how the American Red Cross is responding, and how youth can get involved to help.
- Eli Russ, Member
American Red Cross National Youth Council