April 12 Clearfield-Jefferson American Red Cross Notes

Mission Statement: The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Disaster Services is our premiere service. Although Congress mandates Red Cross to provide disaster assistance, we are not provided with any funds to do so. We provide our programs and services with donations, allocations from the Clearfield United Way and Brookville United Fund and special event fundraisers.

Disaster relief assistance given by the chapter is an outright gift to disaster victims. Emergency housing, when needed, clothing and food allocations, immediate medical needs, comfort kits consisting of personal hygiene items, and pillow ponies for the children are provided. We also make referrals to other agencies and counsel as needed. The Red Cross provides refreshment needed for a canteen when the local fire company calls for our assistance when firemen may be on the scene for a long length of time.

When large groups of people are displaced and there’s a need for sheltering and/or feeding, the Red Cross team is ready for their duties as shelter managers, damage assessment workers, mass care feeding and family service providers. This service is also provided by the voluntary donations of the American people.

The Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter American Red Cross has trained volunteers and staff to provide services when needed, and provide disaster assistance for a national disaster as well as local disasters.

Disaster education is another important service of the chapter. The chapter has information on preparing for all kinds of disasters, how to assemble a disaster supply kit, and programs for youth and senior citizens on preparedness. All information is an expense to the chapter but given free of charge through schools, nursing homes, organizations, chapter mailings, etc.

Service to Military and Families is another mandated service by Congress. These calls come day and night and on weekends, which make 24-hour, seven days week coverage necessary, just like our disaster services. Being a warm, friendly, ‘good listener’ is a must, as counseling is a big part of this rewarding job.
National Guard and Reserve units depend on the Red Cross to meet with the units and families to let them know how to reach us and what we can do for them. Comfort kits are also given to all deployed servicemen from the chapter.

Bloodmobile visits have increased to about 185 per year, not including the emergency visits we have pulled together for the region. The Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter and the Clearfield Hospital are providing directed and autologous donation service at the hospital’s annex, 440 Front Place. The autologous programs enable individuals undergoing surgery to donate blood for themselves on a pre-arranged basis prior to surgery. Directed donations allow the family or friend of a patient with the same blood type to donate for them.

Our Health & Safety program certifies people in CPR, first aid, water safety and life guarding, HIV/AIDS, Baby-sitting, Basic Aid Training, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. “Til Help Arrives” is an emergency response program for the senior citizen or disabled person and is free of charge to them. Children’s programs are Babysitting Course, Basic Aid Training (BAT), and (FACT) First Aid for Children Today.

The Red Cross gives so much to the communities it serves with the help of the community, and all Red Cross programs and services assist and educate people of all ages, religion, abilities, and national origin.

We’ve grown, expanded, and plan to continue to grow and serve the communities in our area to the best of our ability with the help of all who believe in “their” American Red Cross.

There will be a Multiphasic Blood screening at the Clearfield Red Cross Office on June 7. The blood screening covers thirty-five tests for a fee and other tests available are Prostate and Thyroid for an additional fee. Free blood pressure and oximeter screening will also be available. We are taking appointments by calling 765-5516 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning on Monday April 14.

Registration deadline is noon on Wednesday June 4, 2008.

Health & Safety Classes:

Adult CPR – Clearfield –April 16, 2008
Brookville – May 7, 2008
Punxsutawney – May 5, 2008
Infant Child CPR – May 7, 2008
First Aid – Clearfield – April 17, 2008
Brookville – May 8, 2008
Punxsutawney – May 6, 2008

All of the above Health & Safety classes begin at 6:00 pm.
Call 765-5516 to register for classes in Clearfield or 849-2712 to register in Brookville & Punxsutawney.
Visit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter Web site for all the local Red Cross news.

Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule

Wed., Apr. 09 Lake Street United Methodist Church Woodland 12:00 – 6:00
Thurs., Apr. 17 Penn Dot 9:00 – 3:00
Fri., Apr. 18 Fixed Site 12:00 – 6:00
Thursday, Apr. 24 Curwensville United Methodist Church 12:00 – 6:00
Fri., Apr. 25 Curwensville High School 8:45 – 2:00

Jefferson Bloodmobile Schedule

Tues April 15 Saints Cosmos & Damian -Punxsutawney Noon -6 P.M.
Friday, May 9 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Skyesville Noon-6PM
Tues May 13 Brockway Presbyterian church Noon-6P.M.
Fri May 16 Brookville Borough Complex Noon-6 P.M.
Fri May 16 First Church of God- Punxsutawney Noon-6P.M.
Tuesday, May 27 St Mary’s Church-Reynoldsville 1 P.M. – 7 P.M.

When the fire whistles blow and a family loses everything to a house fire, your American Red Cross will be there to help with immediate verified emergency assistance for help with the family’s recovery plans. With your donation, you can put your care and concern into immediate action. By supporting the American Red Cross you provide the vital funds necessary to support all of our core services. Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 275 Main St., Brookville, Pa 15825. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. 

Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and an RSVP Station.

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