IN GOOD COMPANY: Baptist Hospital
The Nashville Area Red Cross would like to thank Baptist Hosptial of Saint Thomas Health Services for their generous grant which made the Red Cross "Latino CPR Saturday" possible for over 160 members of the Hispanic Community who are now Red Cross certified in CPR.
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Saint Thomas Health Services is a family of Middle Tennessee hospitals united by a single mission: to provide spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of the communities we serve.
Note: In addition to Baptist Hospital's generosity, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee also supported “Latino CPR Saturday” with a discretionary grant award.
The 2010 Red Cross Lifesaver Breakfast is Coming Up!
Hosted by Lipscomb University on Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 7:30 am, the Annual Red Cross Lifesaver Breakfast is Nashville’s premier breakfast event, celebrating the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross and its powerful impact in Middle Tennessee.
As the Nashville Area Chapter’s only annual fundraising event, it draws an audience of the top corporate and philanthropic members of the Middle Tennessee community. The Host Committee is honored to present Rick Dreiling, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dollar General Corporation, as the Keynote Speaker for this event.
Dreiling promotes a spirit of involvement, and carries on Dollar General's mission to serve in the communities they call home. This event will showcase two of America most well known brands coming together to share their common mission of serving others. Both Dollar General and The American Red Cross strive to have a real and lasting impact on individuals and the families in their communities.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Gina Biggs at 615.250.4251 or email@example.com
Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Sherfy
(Picture) Red Cross Volunteer Liz Sherfy (left) with Americorps VISTA Red Cross Capacity Builder Nancy Birdwhsitell
Red Cross volunteer Liz Sherfy began her relationship with the Red Cross through the Nashville Area Chapter’s highly successful volunteer recruitment program, “Join the 10,000,” but her volunteer career spans back to her days as Girl Scout and later as a volunteer for institutions across her community.
Since March 2009, Sherfy has become an active member with the DATs (Disaster Action Teams) in Putnam and DeKalb counties of the Upper Cumberland region, where she acts a Red Cross first-responder to local disasters. More specifically, she provides client casework to those people in need of Red Cross assistance which includes conducting interviews, assessing the need, and determining the appropriate assistance.
Sherfy has also completed courses in shelter operations and health services, as well as being deployed to assist in the disaster response for the October 2009 major flooding occurring in the Southeast region.
Sherfy believes her most memorable moments with the Red Cross come when she is assisting a family affected by a house fire.
“Words cannot express how I feel when I can help someone in need by giving them hope when they feel like they have lost everything.”
When not on-call with the Red Cross, the Cookeville, Tenn. resident works as a nurse with the Tennessee Department of Health as part of the Maternal and Child Health program. A self-proclaimed soccer mom, Sherfy also enjoys fly fishing, riding motorcycles with her husband and crocheting.
Sherfy’s motto when asked about what to tell potential volunteers who want to start but aren’t sure how is simple, “Get involved!”
“You can volunteer as much or as little as you want; it is whatever best fits your life. Don't wait until you think you have more time, because you'll never seem to have it. I wished I would have become involved long ago.”
Do you know of a Red Cross volunteer who should be featured in the next e-newsletter? Please email the name, contact information and why you think he/she should be in the spotlight, to Carly Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Haiti Donations Now Deductible on 2009 Tax Returns
A new law has been signed by President Obama allowing 2009 charitable income tax deductions for contributions going towards the Haiti Relief effort for “cash contributions” only.
The bill specifically says, “...if such contribution is a cash contribution made for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, for which a charitable contribution deduction is allowable under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”
Once again, taxpayers should note that this legislation applies only to cash contributions and not to non-cash contributions such as food or clothing. Also, contributions to foreign organizations do not qualify for the deduction - only contributions to U.S. organizations count for the early deduction.
Tiffany Circle Member Recieves Lifetime Award
In her 68 years of Red Cross service, Elise Steiner has given her time and talents to the Nashville Area Red Cross Chapter, not only as a founding member of the Tiffany Circle Society in Middle Tennessee, but also having previously served as Board Chair for the Chapter and the Chair of Service to the Armed Forces. Most recently she has been named a Bonnie McElveene Hunter (BMH) Lifetime Tiffany Circle Member.
As part of her recognition as a BMH Lifetime Member, she has been presented with the beautiful silk scarf adorned with the Tiffany Circle windows featured in the Board of Governors Hall. Ms. Steiner’s contributions have had a lasting impact on our community and she is recognized as a trail blazer who has paved the way for those to follow in her footsteps.
The Tiffany Circle Society is a prestigious group of women leaders who pledge to make an annual gift of $10,000 or more to their local chapter. For more information about becoming a Tiffany Circle member, please contact Gina Biggs at 615.250.4300 ext. 4251.
Be Red Cross Ready:
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winterstorms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
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Public Spanish-Language CPR Skills Course a Success
“Latino CPR Saturday” was held January 23 with over 160 in attendance making the event a success for the Nashville Area Red Cross and partner’s Baptist Hospital, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and host Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Members of the Latino community were encouraged to take advantage of this CPR skills course, taught completely in Spanish, in order to receive Red Cross certification on how to perform CPR for cardiac emergencies in adults.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the leading causes of death in the United States, strikes over 300,000 victims each year, of which about five percent survive Being able to perform CPR early on is crucial in preventing brain damage and will greatly increase a victim’s odds for survival.
The Nashville Area Red Cross would like to sincerely thank Rebecca Escobar, Dr. Bill Thompson, Julie O’Connor, and Kristi Goodenm, all with Baptist Hospital, Hector Martinez and Ericka Rodriguez from Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for making this event possible.
(Left to right) Nashville Area Red Cross CEO Tim Ryerson, Red Cross Chairman of Volunteers Dr. Pramod Wasudev, Nashville Area Chapter Board Member & Managing Director of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Tom Negri, and Nashville Area Chapter Board Member and Baptist Hospital Dr. William (Bill) Thompson.
For additional information and future scheduled dates for the Spanish-language CPR skills course please contact Mary Ann Hodges at email@example.com or 615.250.4300 ext. 4277.
Message from our CEO
On January 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. The American Red Cross currently is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.
Whether occurring here in Middle Tennessee or in countries all across the globe, the American Red Cross is recognized for its quick, emergency response to major disasters. We are one of the first to respond with emergency food, clothing, shelter, health and mental health care to the affected victims and workers. It's what we do.
Not so well known is the local Red Cross response to disasters in our own community. Perhaps the most visible examples are home and apartment fires. But additionally, we are on the ground immediately responding to tornados, extreme weather events, and toxic spills. While less graphic than the images from Haiti, these are truly disasters to those affected locally.
Because we are not a government agency, we are totally dependent upon our friends and neighbors in the Middle Tennessee area for the financial support we must have to make sure that we will be there when we are needed.
The donors and volunteers of the American Red Cross continue to be the truest measure of our strength and without whom, the mission of the Red Cross could not be delivered.
We are extremely grateful to the tens of thousands who have given generously of their time, money and other resources to both the International Response Fund which currently supports the crisis in Haiti, as well as to your local Red Cross responding to disasters much closer to home.
On another note, most of you are already aware, the American Red Cross is split in to two separate divisions, Chapter and Blood Services. Both of these divisions work closely together, but have different management structures and report separately in the organization. Many of you have heard, I’ve been recruited to work in a leadership position with the Blood Services Division in the Tennessee Valley Region effective February 8, 2010.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciations to the staff, employees, and volunteers at the Nashville Area Chapter. It has been a pleasure serving with you at the Chapter level and I look forward to continuing our relationship in Blood Services.
I would also like to congratulate Health and Safety Services Manager Matt Moody who will serve as Interim CEO for the Nashville Area Red Cross Chapter following my departure. A search for a new CEO is in full swing.
As always, on behalf of all of us at the Nashville Area Red Cross Chapter, thank you for supporting your American Red Cross.
American Red Cross Response in Haiti:
Q: What is the situation in Haiti?
A: The situation in Haiti is dire. Following the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the infrastructure of the country has been severely damaged – airports, ports and roads – making it difficult for aid to get in. People are still in need of basic items like food, water and medical care, and this is frustrating for humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross due to the difficulty to get planes caring humanitarian aid into the airport. The roads are heavily congested and travel by road from the Dominican Republic has gone from an 8-hour journey to an 18-hour journey.
The Red Cross is working with the U.S. government to discuss how these issues can be alleviated, and we applaud the U.S. Armed Forces, which are on the ground and doing a great job. Despite the problems, there are glimmers of progress.
It is also important to note that Port-au-Prince is so central to the economy and governance of Haiti that this disaster not only affected the earthquake victims (est. 3 million), but the entire population of Haiti (est. 9 million).
Q: What is the American Red Cross doing specifically?
A: The American Red Cross, working alongside Red Cross and Red Crescent teams from around the world, is making heroic efforts to reach as many people as possible and is truly making a difference.
There are more than 400 Red Cross workers from around the world in Haiti as well as thousands of local volunteers.
American Red Cross staff, armed with first aid kits, are treating the wounded and getting the severely wounded to hospitals and providing basic relief items and tents for shelter. The American Red Cross is also sending approximately 3 million pre-packaged meals to Haiti, and will partner with the World Food Program to distribute them to survivors over the weekend.
Lastly, as of Thursday, Jan. 21, nearly 70 American Red Cross Creole-speaking volunteers have left Miami to join the USNS Comfort offshore in Haiti tomorrow. Once aboard, they will serve as interpreters for patients receiving medical care from the U.S. military.
A: The Red Cross appreciates these heartfelt offers, but we are only deploying Red Cross volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations. At this time, what we need the most are financial contributions – whether by check, online or by phone. There is nowhere to store or sort items like clothing, or a way to ship them to Haiti at this time. Visit www.cidi.orgfor a list of organizations that are accepting personal and household goods.
Q: How can I donate to the American Red
A: For your convenience, we have several ways in which donors can provide financial support to the American Red Cross.
You can call in your donation, by dialing 1.800-HELP-NOW.
You can text ‘HAITI’ to 90999 to automatically donate $10. Please note: standard text messaging rates apply.
Red Cross and Music City Community Chorus Host Benefit Concert for Haiti Relief
The Nashville Area Red Cross and the Music City Community Chorus recently hosted a joint benefit concert featuring Country music singer-songwriter Pam Tillis and other artists including Buddy Jewell, John Cowan, and Troy Johnson as they performed Handel’s Messiah presented in traditional form with chorus and an orchestra made up of members of the Nashville Symphony.
The fundraiser was held at the downtown Limelight and benefited both the Nashville Area Red Cross and the Music City Community Chorus. The chorus, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is now in its 4th year and directed by vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams.
Following recent events the Nashville Area Chapter pledged to direct all money raised on behalf of the Red Cross that evening to be directed to the International Response Fund which went towards the disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
Disaster Training News:
For more information on Disaster Training courses please email Christy Debusk, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Cross also encourages completing free courses provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA).
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