Posts Tagged ‘red cross’

August Volunteer of the Month

September 3, 2009

Everybody needs a little something to get their day started right. A cup of coffee. The morning paper. At the Red Cross of Central Maryland the day just wouldn’t begin the same without a warm greeting from Vi Reddish, volunteer senior aide.

Reddish works at the front desk Monday thru Wednesday mornings and her welcoming attitude is the reason she was named the Volunteer of the Month for August 2009.

“From the first day she walked into this building she greeted everyone with a smile and would help you, no questions asked,” says Olivia Dance, Red Cross Health and Safety customer service representative about the reason she nominated Reddish for the honor.

Front desk volunteers are an important component of the Red Cross team. They are the first face visitor’s encounter when they visit us. Good customer service skills are essential to the position.

Reddish, who is a 63 year old grandmother of one, is just reentering the work force after being out for health reasons for the past 20 years. She has been volunteering with the Red Cross since June.

“I am so blessed,” says Reddish. “Everyone here is so nice and so laid back.”

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.

Dozens Displaced After Baltimore Apartment Fire

February 24, 2009

Red Cross volunteers were called on Saturday to help Dickey Hill residents after fire damaged 10 apartments.

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Red Cross Assists Multiple Families Left Homeless During Freezing Weather

January 28, 2009

The Red Cross was on the scene to assist four families after a fire damaged row homes on the 3600 block of Belvedere Road in Baltimore yesterday. Video of the blaze is below courtesy of Michael Schwartzberg, Fire Photographer. 

Red Cross volunteers were also there on Monday for 10 families needing help after three fires damaged multiple homes in the area. This has been a particularly busy January for the Red Cross. We have helped 90 families this month as compared to 57 in January 2008 and only 53 in January 2007.  To support this work click here.

It’s Like 1st Aid for Your Taste Buds

January 7, 2009

Present this coupon when you visit Applebee’s on 8335 Benson Drive in Columbia on January 15th and they will donate 10% of your purchase to the Red Cross of Central Maryland.

Tracing News

January 6, 2009

The latest issue of Tracing News is now on-line. Take a look, leave a comment and tell us what you think, then pass it on!


December 29, 2008

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Pictures of Baltimore County firefighters battling one of the 5 fires that affected the region  on Christmas day. Red Cross volunteers were there to assist the families. (Photo’s courtesy of Michael Schwartzberg, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company)

DAT Response

November 17, 2008

Between November 11- 14 the ARC of Central MD helped 14 families affected by local home fires and one family utilizing Red Cross Services to Armed Forces. The Red Cross provided the fire victims with food, clothing, temporary shelter, Red Cross comfort kits and referrals to our partner agencies for additional help. Red Cross caseworkers will continue to follow up with all that were affected.

Date Address of Incidents City Zip Area
11/11/2008 1800 block of W. Baltimore St. Baltimore 21223 Baltimore City
11/13/2008 700 block of Belgian Ave. Baltimore 21206 Baltimore City
11/13/2008 7600 Block of Watts Ave. Hanover 21076 Anne Arundel Co.
11/13/2008 2000 block of E. Hoffman St. Baltimore 21213 Baltimore City
11/13/2008 22500 block of Banks Road Cape Charles, VA 23316 Eastern Shore VA
11/13/2008 3200 block of York St. Manchester 21102 Carroll County
11/14/2008 700 block of Battle Dr. Aberdeen 21001 Harford County
11/14/2008 Dunlop Rd. Riviera Beech 21122 Anne Arundel County
11/14/2008 3500 block of Essex Rd. Woodlawn 21207 Baltimore County


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!