Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Letter from Tennessee River Executive Director, Katy Hagstrom - December 2018

As I reflect on 2018, there are many Tennessee River Chapter accomplishments that come to mind, as well as milestones to look forward to in 2019.

Since January 01, 2018 we have supported:

131 Disaster operations
179 Families assisted through Disaster Cycle Services
1,391 Smoke alarms Installed
3,007 Individuals taught through Training Services
2,117 Services provided through Services to the Armed forces
371 Total Volunteers

*Numbers reflect service delivery as of October 31, 2018

In addition, we look forward to hosting our second annual Sound the Alarm, Save a Life Campaign this coming Spring.

Thank you for your unwavering and continued support.

Happy Holidays!

Letter from Mid-West Tennessee Executive Director, David Hicks - December 2018

Happy Holidays, Mid-West Tennessee volunteers!! As we come up on the end of 2018 (and the anticipation of what 2019 holds) I hope that each of you take a moment to assess just how meaningful and accomplished 2018 was for our chapter and circle of volunteers! Many of you not only performed and responded to disasters on a high level here locally- you also made a significant contribution on your deployments to other states and communities.

So, how can we possibly top the high level of accomplishments and contributions in the year to come?  The key is in our recruitment of new volunteers across our 14 county coverage area. We must recruit more “hands and feet” to share the workload in the months to come! If we do, I honestly believe our chapter will achieve the greatest heights of performance we’ve known in the last 5-10 years (if not ever)!

So, how do we go about doing this? It starts with each of you.  I encourage you to make recruiting new volunteers for our chapter a priority in your day to day life. Consider family members, co- workers, and close friends all as potential members of our Red Cross family of volunteers in 2019. January is going to be a month of emphasis for us in the area of volunteer recruiting. Let’s all commit to do our part over the next few weeks to take strong initiative in our search for new additions to our chapter. I want to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with each of you in the months to come as we continue to serve our chapter communities through Red Cross- but wouldn’t it be great to have to make room for even more volunteers on our chapter teams!?  So….. who’s with me on this?! Now go forth and RECRUIT!!

Letter from Southeast Tennessee Executive Director, Julia Wright - December 2018

2018 has truly been a monumental page in the American Red Cross history book. As the Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee takes its collective breath to reflect on the accomplishments through the work of its volunteers, we close on a year in the happiness of renewal, lives changed and lives saved, while we are sorrowed by lives torn and lives lost.

April brought much happiness in the Military Kids Serve Too event, with dozens of military families in attendance.  We are so blessed to have a great partnership with Children’s Creative Discovery Museum to support this important program. In addition, our Service to Armed Forces program provided over 940 services to military members and their families during a time of crisis.  You are our heroes, supporting America’s heroes.

In June, we celebrated 101 years of service in Southeast Tennessee by bringing on new board members and recognizing our existing strong board leadership that invests so much in our organization.

Moving into August, we saw a major success in our chapter with our second fundraising event thanks to the transmission employees who work diligently to make the Transmission Employee Charity Golf Tournament an enormous success.

September and October brought in another intense disaster season with hurricanes Florence and Michael, along with the deadly and devastating wildfires in California.  We deployed 13 volunteers to join an additional 245 volunteers from across Tennessee to help our neighbors in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and California. Over the course of 2018, The Southeast Chapter has responded to over 261 home and apartment fires. We thank our dedicated response team for being there when help is needed, as you give from the heart.

In November, we welcomed our dynamic keynote speaker James Gagliano at our 2018 Heroes Luncheon to inspire the over 290 people in attendance.  At this year’s event, we recognized some remarkable individuals who embody the spirit of the American Red Cross.  This success can be contributed to our dedicated philanthropy committee, board members, volunteers and sponsors who gave so much time, talent and treasure to bring this event to life.  A special thank you to CHI Memorial for once again being our title sponsor and the many other sponsors that make this event every year.  Thank you for generous support.

As we close out 2018, we have one more opportunity to help save lives and impact those around us.  Please join me on Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) by signing up for our inaugural American Red Cross blood drive to be held at 4115 South Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37406.  To register visit redcrossblood.org and don’t forget to download the free American Red Cross blood app on your phone or tablet.  Giving the gift of life, is a beautiful thing.

Letter from Heart of Tennessee Executive Director, Kathy Ferrell - December 2018

Heart of Tennessee Volunteers:

“We are not the sum of our possessions.”  President George H. W. Bush

During this Holiday Season, this quote resonated with me.  No, we definitely are not the sum of our possessions, and you collectively demonstrate that every day.  You so generously share your most precious asset with us; your time.  You share your time to respond to serve our neighbors impacted by a disaster.  You staff our front desk, making every person that enters our building feel engaged and comfortable.  You help maintain our fleet.  You paint our facility (and it looks great!!).  You assist us with events and record keeping.  You walk in the front door and ask what you can do today to help the staff.  I hope you know that we could not move our Mission forward without each of you and the time you invest in this chapter.

Wishing each of you peace and time with those you love this holiday season.

With gratitude,
Kathy Ferrell
Executive Director, Heart of Tennessee Chapter

Letter from East Tennessee Executive Director, Sharon Hudson - December 2018

As this calendar year ends, I want to thank you for your time, talent and treasure. In East Tennessee, we are blessed with some of the best volunteers in the country. Many of our volunteers have been deployed on various deployments assisting with Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and the Wildfires in California. I am incredibly thankful for those volunteers that work on the Disaster Action Team and assist families that experience a home fire. For all of you who have deployed physically and virtually, I am grateful!

I would also like to give a special thank you to our front desk volunteers, the fleet and facilities committee, and the many volunteers that work in the office to help carry out our mission. Ninety percent of our workforce are volunteers, and we all play an important role. I am very proud and honored to represent the Red Cross East Tennessee Chapter. Together, we are making a lasting difference for people in our chapter, communities down the street, across the county and around the world.

Happy Holidays,
Sharon Hudson

Northeast Tennessee Upcoming Dates - December 2018

All Volunteer Meeting
DATES:  01/03/2019; 02/07/2019; 03/07/2019; 04/02/2019; 05/02/2019
TIME:  12:00 PM-1:30 PM
LOCATION:  Red Cross NETN Office | 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
INFORMATION:  Formal invitation to all volunteers will be distributed. Please note that the meeting for January has changed to 12:00 PM.

“Donut Forget”
DATES:  03/08/2019; 06/14/2019
TIME:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
LOCATION:  Red Cross NETN Office | 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
INFORMATION:  This will be an opportunity for volunteers to enjoy coffee and donuts while logging volunteer hours and catching up on any trainings.

Sound The Alarm, Save A Life Signature Event
DATE:  04/06/2019
TIME:  8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Washington County, TN
INFORMATION:  Volunteers needed for this event; installers and educators. Please email Kalen Collins (kalen.collins@redcross.org) if you are interested in volunteering.

12/26/2018 | 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Mountain City Community at Johnson City EMS Rescue
203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN
*Please sign up to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org  

Northeast Tennessee Volunteer Opportunities - December 2018

Disaster Action Team (DAT) Volunteers
Volunteers needed to respond to single-family fires.

Clerical Volunteers
Volunteers needed to assist with administrative tasks; including staffing the front desk, answering phone calls, and assisting with other day to day tasks.

Service to Armed Forces (SAF) Volunteers
Volunteers need to represent the Red Cross at community events, deliver birthday and holiday cards, assist with other military events as needed.

Hero Care Network Regional Caseworker/Follow Up Volunteer
Volunteers needed to ensure military families’ needs are met when faced with an emergency.

*If you or someone you know is interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Kalen Collins for more information at kalen.collins@redcross.org.

Don’t forget to download the “Volunteer Connection” mobile application and log your volunteer hours! This app is both Android and iOS compatible.