Monday, November 19, 2018

Nashville Area Volunteer Spotlight: Cathy and Jim Goodrich - November 2018

Cathy and Jim Goodrich are a power team couple. We caught up with Cathy while she was on deployment for Hurricane Michael, while Jim remained in Nashville to supervise the Disaster Action Team (DAT). The duo are co-leads for the Disaster Services Director. They also serve in the Disaster Services Technology setting up radio communications, and volunteering, for the Safe & Well program thanks to their extensive amateur radio experience, gaining them invaluable skills to help in times of disaster. The pair works like a well-oiled machine. When teaching the amateur radio certification classes for the Red Cross, Jim is the technical guy, and Cathy covers regulations. Thanks to Jim and Cathy three more people have recently been certified in amateur radio, giving three more pairs of hands in times of disaster.

Jim and Cathy are uniquely positioned in the Red Cross to work behind the scenes with Disaster Services Technology, and in front with Disaster Action Team. The radio team required some DAT training, which is how they came to be involved with this branch. After a year of service and dedication, both continue on with the Red Cross. For Jim it is the ability to help someone. For victims of a fire, it is possibly the lowest point of their life, many times losing everything. Jim says for someone who is the survivor of a fire they are in many cases at the lowest point of their life, and just to be able to give them a hand up is a good feeling. It means a lot to Jim to see the expression on their faces, the hug, and the thank you. For Cathy it is also the ability to help, coupled with the ability to learn.

Throughout their experiences they have advice to share with new volunteers. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If after being in a position you discover something different is preferred, it’s ok and the Team Leaders will guide their people to a position they thrive in. Make time in your life for helping our fellow man-kind. The Red Cross understands volunteers have a life, so they work with busy schedules. At some point everyone will need assistance in one way or another, so when possible, get involved in the community and help.

Jim and Cathy plan to stay with the Red Cross, responding to disasters, supporting the Safe & Well program, training people, and building the relationship between the Red Cross and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES). Thank you for you dedication and service to the Red Cross, Jim and Cathy!

Get to Know Jim and Cathy:
* Are you a coffee or tea person?
Jim: “Coffee – black & strong”
Cathy: “Coffee person. Black straight up.”

* Where is your favorite place to be?
Jim: “Quiet & quality time with family, and on a cruise.”
Cathy: “Nashville. If I have to narrow it down”

* Which music do you like?
Jim and Cathy: “Country without a doubt”

* Which books do you enjoy reading?
Jim: “Don’t read – busy enough!”
Cathy: “Mystery”

* What would surprise others about you?
Jim: “The level that we do emergency communications with the Red Cross would surprise people around them.”
Cathy: “I went on a horseback ride on a mountain. It was so scary. I thought I might fall off, and I’m afraid of heights!’

East Tennessee Volunteer Spotlight, Bushra Malaibari - October 2018

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Bushra Malaibari moved to Knoxville in August 2010 to pursue her PhD in Rhetoric at the University of Tennessee.  Since that achievement, she has been education director for the Boys and Girls Club of TN Valley. An active volunteer since 2016, Bushra is ready and willing to lend a hand. She worked the Red Cross tent during the eclipse, joined the first aid team for the 2017-18 UT football season, saved lives with the home fire campaign and helped repaint the East TN Chapter building. Currently, she’s training in fiscal review.  East TN is grateful for her positive ‘can do’ attitude and generosity of spirit. We wanted to share a little bit more about Bushra outside her volunteer role:

What is your favorite word?  Feels that the most important word in any language is "Thank You"

What sound do you love/hate?  Loves the sound of rain falling, dislikes the sound of babies crying

What profession would you like to have if not in your present position?  Would like to be an artist, free to create and be in your own world

Where would you like to live, other than east TN, and why?  Would love to live where she can use the other 3 languages she knows (besides English) - Arabic, French, and Portuguese; Brazil, France, or Switzerland

What natural gift or talent do you wish you had?  Cooking

Who is your favorite musician?  Presently listening to Tchaikovsky, Led Zeppelin, and Aretha Franklin

What historical figure would you like to meet, and why?  Would like to meet Aristotle and get his thoughts on today's social media and interactions via internet

What are you reading currently?  books on Data Management

What is your favorite color?  blue and black

What do you love about being a volunteer at the Red Cross?  Being surrounded by people with big hearts, who want to look out for others and help their fellow man.

East Tennessee Volunteer Spotlight, Dustin Newton - November 2018

This month, we welcome one of our newest volunteers, Dustin Newton, to the East Tennessee chapter.  Dustin was born in Knoxville, but took a curve to a North Georgia farm during his high school years.  He then preceded to graduate from Georgia Tech with a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in Math.  He attended Silicon Valley Technology in computer networking and later found himself in Oak Ridge selling real estate.

Dustin became a Red Cross volunteer in September 2017 and is currently the DAT Coordinator, works with RC View, and is on the administrative staff for FAST Team, as well as the Regional Information and Planning person for East Tennessee. 

Dustin has become an important peg in our cog of operations, and we are very pleased to have him around!  Below are a few questions we asked him, so that we could all get to know him a little better.

What is your favorite word?  Enthusiasm
What sound do you love? Birds Singing
What profession would you like to have, that you have not had?  A Doctor
Where would you like to live, other than East Tennessee?  Colorado, the mountains are wonderful!
What natural gift do you wish you had?  Art, the ability to create
Who is your favorite musician?  Dave Grisman, he plays Bluegrass with a mandolin
What historical figure would you most like to meet?  Leonardo di Vinci
What is your favorite color? Purple
What book is on your night table? “Success Through Positive Mental Attitudes” by Napoleon Hill

What do you love about volunteering with the Red Cross? Helping people in many ways, those who need it the most. 

Hurricane Michael: Red Cross Helps Thousands

Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

On October 10, Hurricane Michael made a Category 4 landfall as the third-strongest hurricane in U.S. history. It was also the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 50 years. In total, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 44,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters—the Red Cross has provided about 88 percent of these stays. More than 3,200 Red Cross disaster workers—nearly 90 percent volunteers—are on the ground and continue to support relief efforts across three states. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 1.93 million meals and snacks. Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 34,700 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. Disaster spiritual care responders provided more than 3,400 services to people impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida and Georgia. We’ve distributed more than 270,200 relief items like clean up kits, shovels, bleach, garbage bags and much more to help more than 16,000 families with the massive clean-up effort.

Friday, November 16, 2018

‘Give Something That Means Something’ with American Red Cross on Giving Tuesday

During the holidays, bring comfort and hope to people in need

In a year when disasters upended the lives of thousands of people, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to Give Something that Means Something for families in need through its 2018 Holiday Giving Campaign.

“Every day, home fires and other everyday crises turn people’s lives upside down,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive for the American Red Cross of Tennessee. “Families are counting on your support to remember them during this special time of year. On Giving Tuesday, please consider making a financial donation or a blood donation, or volunteering your time.”

GIVING TUESDAY Beginning on Giving Tuesday—November 27—please #GiveWithMeaning at to support people in need with a symbolic gift, which you can make in honor of the special people in your life:

Help disaster victims. Your gift of $250 can deliver hot meals for 25 people who need nourishment after a disaster. A donation of $100 can provide a family of two with a full day’s worth of emergency shelter with meals, snacks, blankets, a cot and hygiene supplies. Help provide warmth with a gift of $50, which can provide blankets for 10 people.
Help our veterans. A donation of $125 can help veterans transition back to civilian life by connecting them and their families to critical services such as food, housing, counseling and rehabilitation.
Help internationally. Your gift of $100 can help provide lifesaving vaccinations for 100 children who face an increased risk of measles and rubella around the world.

In addition, you can also:

Give the gift of life. Visit to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
Volunteer to help others. To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit

GIVING HOPE EVERY DAY Every 8 minutes, someone affected by disaster is helped by donations to the Red Cross. The generosity of Red Cross donors helps provide people with necessities like shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.

The need is constant—and this year was no different. In the Tennessee Region, the Red Cross responded to 2,156 disasters. Home fires—the nation’s most frequent disaster—account for the vast majority of our responses.

In addition to helping families recover from these events, we also help save lives by installing free smoke alarms and helping residents create escape plans through our Home Fire Campaign, which has reached more than 4,000 households people in the Tennessee Region since it began in 2014.

Because of generous support, in 2018, the Red Cross in the Tennessee Region also:

Provided 14,505 services to military members, veterans and families.
Collected more than 81,245 units of blood.
Enrolled 53,498 people in lifesaving courses like first aid, CPR and AED.

California Wildfires – Red Cross Provides Help, Support to Evacuees

*Stats included in this article are as of November 16, 2018.

The American Red Cross is on the ground throughout the State of California, providing shelter, food and comfort for thousands of people forced to leave their homes due to the deadly wildfires burning in both the northern and southern parts of the state.

More than 780 Red Cross volunteers are providing help and support at evacuation centers to offer safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Overnight, more than 840 people sought refuge from the wildfires in 10 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across the state. People are welcome to come to shelters for help even if they don’t stay overnight.

Watch this video about the devastation in Paradise, California.

Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 40,200 meals and snacks. Volunteer mental health, health and spiritual care professionals have provided more than 9,500 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. We’ve also distributed more than 14,400 relief items for people forced from their homes.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Entire communities and families have been left reeling from these deadly wildfires. Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

Northeast Tennessee Upcoming Events - November 2018


§  All Volunteer Meetings
o   DATES:  12/04/2018; 01/03/2019; 02/05/2019; 03/07/2019; 04/02/2019; 05/02/2019
o   TIME:  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
o   LOCATION:  Red Corss NETN Office | 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
o   INFORMATION:  Formal invitation to all volunteers will be distributed.

§  “Donut Forget”
o   DATES:  12/14/2018; 03/08/2019; 06/14/2019
o   TIME:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
o   LOCATION:  Red Corss NETN Office | 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
o   INFORMATION:  This will be an opportunity for volunteers to enjoy coffee and donuts while logging volunteer hours and catching up on any trainings.


§  Bloomingdale Christmas Parade
o   DATE: 12/08/2018
o   TIME:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
o   LOCATION:  Kingsport, TN
o   INFORMATION:  Volunteers needed for this event. Please email Kalen Collins ( if you are interested in volunteering.

§  Sound The Alarm, Save A Life (STASAL) Signature Event
o   DATE:  04/06/2019
o   TIME:  8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
o   LOCATION:  Washington County, TN

o   INFORMATION:  Volunteers needed for this event; installers and educators. Please email Kalen Collins ( if you are interested in volunteering.

§  12/06/2018 | 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
o    Red Cross NETN Office | 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663

*Please sign up to donate by visiting