Archive for the ‘Community Outreach’ Category

Blues, Brews and BBQ’s

August 19, 2009

Mark your calendar for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland’s Rockin’ Blues and BBQ block party presented by the Young Professionals of the American Red Cross. Save the date for September 12. More info here.

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Sounds of Service

April 23, 2009

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland Cordially Invites You To

Sounds of Service:
A Showcase of Music and Inspirational Stories

Friday, May 15, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Centennial High School
4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Admission: FREE
To reserve FREE tickets, call (410) 624-2034 or email

Help Us Fill Our Comfort Kits

March 16, 2009

Scouts Take Cue From Squirrel

March 3, 2009



Squiggy the Safety Squirrel (along with his human helpers) recently presented Red Cross information to Cub Scout Pack 999 in Harford County. The scouts learned about disaster preparedness and how to help their families during an emergency. Here is what the Cubmaster had to say about the presentation:  

“I am glad we had Squiggy come as that really helped keep the boys interested. Thanks again for providing the programs to groups such as ours. It is important information and it is a great way for the Scouts and kids to learn about what to do in an emergency. Hopefully it will even start a dialogue at home where the Scout will talk to their parents about it.” — Tony Nardi, Cubmaster Pack 999.

Learn more about the Red Cross Youth Network here.

Standards of Excellence

December 9, 2008

The Central MD Chapter has earned the Seal of Excellence by the  MD Association of Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Institute, a national initiative that promotes the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and facilitates adherence to those standards by all nonprofits. 

L to R Suzanne Brace, chair of the Ethics Standards Committee; Frank Miller; and Darryl A. Jones, Sr, Standards for Excellence Institute, CEO.

L to R Suzanne Brace, Chair, Ethics Standards Committee; Frank Miller, Executive Director, Central MD Red Cross; and Darryl A. Jones, Sr, CEO, Standards for Excellence Institute.

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October 30, 2008

Ready for take off.

Squiqqy: Ready for take off.

Squiqqy and a few other Red Crossers were at the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday for their annual Fire Safety Open House. Read more and see the rest of the pictures here.

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U of MD Students Head to TX

October 22, 2008

Five graduate students from the U of MD and their prof left for TX on yesterday to help in the Hurricane Ike recovery efforts. Check out their blog to follow their adventures. Thanks to these folks and the U of MD for supporting the work of the Red Cross!


October 20, 2008

Squiqqy at the Race for the Cure

Squiqqy at the Race for the Cure


Squiggy was cheering on the runners at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this weekend. He also managed to carve out some face time for several Miss. Maryland contestants. Squiggy’s appearance was made possible thanks to two Ready When the Time Comes volunteers from CareFirst. Photo thanks to Cheryl Abreu.

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Be a Superhero with the Red Cross

October 7, 2008

To kick off Fire Prevention Week, the Baltimore based band Milkshake and the Red Cross are calling all kids to be a Superheroes! Check out this cool video and find out how everyone in your home can be a Superhero.

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Get Ready for Hurricanes

September 8, 2008

With Hurricane Gustav and Hannah making headlines this week, now is a good time to check and make sure that your family is hurricane-ready. MD doesn’t often experience the full brunt of such storms, but it is not out of the realm of possibility, as Hurricane Isabel proved. Even after hurricanes are downgraded, the continuing rain can bring storm surges, flooding, tornadoes, and other dangers to our area.

First and foremost, have a plan (that means remembering it too; a plan is useless if you don’t know it when you need it the most). Review it periodically with your family members, and make sure that you include the following things:

• A First-Aid kit: hurricane or not, a First-Aid kit is always a paramount necessity.
• Means of contacting each other in case of an emergency: this can include emergency phone numbers, meeting places, etc.
• An evacuation plan: it is never safe to sit in the path of an incoming hurricane. Know in advance where you can evacuate to (include also out-of-town friends, family, etc., that you can stay with in the case of a larger and more destructive storm).
• Preparations for pets: many shelters may or may not accept family pets, so plan accordingly.
• Check your insurance policy: after a destructive hurricane, flood coverage and other insurance provisions are critical to the recovery process.
• And last but not least, pay close attention for weather forecasts in your area!

For more information on how you can protect you and your family from hurricanes, visit

(Thanks to youth CDE member Hans Zhang for this information.)