PA Heartland ARC Notes

Stoltz Family Dealerships is celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  As our way of saying thanks, we are giving away $25,000!  Through our summer celebration, you, our local community, voted on which 25 charities you would like to receive $1000 each.  Shown in photo is Robert Newell representing the American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter, one of the charities you chose.

Thanks to all who participated.

LOOK UP!!  When traveling North on RT 255 through DuBois at the intersection of Brady and Scribner, the location of the Chapter office, look up at the second story window and see our marquee sign keeping everyone up to date on Red Cross activities in the area.  Be sure and honk and let us know that you can see and read it. 

Brookville Area United Fund Auction Tickets Available

The PA Heartland Chapter has tickets for the 16th Annual Brookville Area United Fund Benefit Auction to be held at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall on Saturday, November 5.  Doors open at 6 pm with the auction beginning at 7 pm.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be obtained by stopping by the Chapter office at 109 N Brady Street in DuBois, emailing us at info@arcpaheartland.org, or calling us at 371-2750.  Ticket price includes door prize drawing.

Bring a non-perishable food item to the auction and receive one special drawing entry form for each item.  Items will be donated to the Brookville Food Pantry. 

Experience Works Opportunities Available with Chapter.

Do you know someone who is 55 years of age or older, unemployed with little or no income, in urgent need of a job? if so they might qualify for the Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program. For more information visit www.experienceworks.org or call 866-976-5939.

Volunteers needed: Here is a list of upcoming events and activities in which we will need volunteers.  Please call the chapter and let us know where you can help.  As always, we can schedule your volunteer experience to fit your schedule and interests.

Health Fair – OSRAM Sylvania

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 am – 4:00 pm

St. Marys 

Health Fair – Knight of Columbus

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 am – Noon

Clearfield 

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National Red Cross NEWS 

13 Lucky Halloween Safety Tips 

Ghouls and goblins will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. The Red Cross wants your family to have a safe Halloween so we’re providing these tips, the Lucky 13: 

1. Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home! 

2. From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights! 

3. If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside. 

4. When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes. 

5.Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, and brooms and the edges of your cape!) 

6. Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street. 

7. As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And speaking of streets, the corners are the place for trick or treaters to cross no matter their pace.) 

8. Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire! 

9. Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a safety gamble! 

10. You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (Between parked cars is no place to hide, be sure that you’re seen whether you’re a clown or a bride.)

11.Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on! 

12.You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs. 

13.Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating. 

Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, will take place at 2:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011.  The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the test.  The Alert will be transmitted throughout the country and will be monitored by the Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants.  

Although the nationwide EAS test may resemble the periodic monthly EAS test that most consumers are familiar with, there will be some differences in what consumers may see or hear, which is one reason for conducting a nationwide EAS test.  During the test, the public will hear a message indicating “this is a test”.  The audio message will be the same for everyone, however due to limitations of the EAS, the video test message may not be the same and may not indicate “this is a test”. 

The test will last approximately three minutes.  The test will only involve communication service providers – broadcast radio and television, cable television, satellite radio and television and wireline video services that participate in the EAS. 

For more information about EAS, visit the FCC’s EAS website at www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/emergency-alert-systems-eas.

AMERICAN RED CROSS Receives Highest Rating from N0n-Profit Watchdog Group. 

Accountability, financial efficiency, and commitment to donor rights are some of the areas where a national nonprofit watchdog said the American Red Cross excelled. 

For that, the international disaster-relief organization, earned a four-star rating from the Charity Navigator, which rates non-profits on their financial health, and accountability and transparency, according to a press release. 

“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” stated Ken Berger, Charity Navigator president, in a written release. He added ” … the American Red Cross outperforms most other charities in America.”

Disaster Services: 

First Quarter Disaster Figures:

Here is a breakdown of Disaster Responses in the PA Heartland service area for the first three months of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, July 1 through September 30, 2011. 

Services to Armed Forces calls    16 

Disaster calls                     14           

Individuals affected        38          

$$ spent                              $6,657.29

Volunteers from across the four counties continue to provide disaster services to those in need.  

Monthly disaster team meetings allow for volunteers to gather to discuss recent disaster responses, learn new disaster operation techniques or practice on current ones, find out about other Red Cross volunteer opportunities and network with other volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer, you are invited to attend a Disaster team meeting in your area or contact the chapter office for more information.  All meetings start at 6:00 PM. 

Tuesday, October 25                       Chapter office                                    DuBois 

Tuesday, November 1                     808 S Michael Road                        St. Marys 

Tuesday, November 8                    Brookville Presbyterian Church  Brookville 

Tuesday, November 15                  Glad Tidings Church                       Clearfield 

Schedule is subject to change.     

Blood Services

Clearfield County Bloodmobile Schedule 

10/25     Clearfield Masonic Lodge                                              1 pm – 7 pm

10/26     Bigler YMCA                                                                       Noon – 6 pm

10/26   DuBois Lowes by appointment only

call 800-733-2767                                                            9 am – 2 pm

10/26     DuBois YMCA                                                                    11 am- 4:30 pm

10/28    DuBois Wal-Mart by appointment only

                call 800-733-2767                                            Noon – 5 pm

11/2        Penn State DuBois Campus                                         10 am – 4 pm

11/3        Grampian Community Building                                 12:30 pm – 6 pm

11/4        440 Front St. Clear field Fixed Site                            Noon – 6 pm

11/7        Clearfield Trinity Methodist Church                         Noon – 6 pm

11/10     Treasure Lake Church                                                    1 pm – 7 pm

11/11      DuBois First United Methodist Church                   1 pm – 7 pm

11/18     440 Front St. Clear field Fixed Site                            Noon – 6 pm

11/25     440 Front St. Clear field Fixed Site                            Noon – 6 pm 

Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule 

11/4        Big Run Volunteer Fire Company                              12:30 pm – 6 pm

11/18     Sykesville Grace UMC                                                     Noon – 6 pm

11/22     Brockway St. Tobias Church                                         Noon – 6 pm

11/25     Brookville Calvary Church of the Nazarene            Noon – 6 pm

11/28     Punxsutawney First UMC                                             11 am – 5 pm

11/29     Reynoldsville Eagles                                                      1 pm – 7 pm 

Elk and Cameron Counties Bloodmobile Schedule 

11/8       Fox Township (Kersey) Senior Center      2 pm – 6:30 pm

11/9        St. Mary’s Moose Club                                   10 am – 4 pm

11/10     Weedville American Legion                         1 pm – 6 pm

11/11      Ridgway Central Hose Company                11:30 am – 4:30 pm 

Schedule is subject to change.  

Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule appointments or visit the

E-donor site at www.redcrossblood.org. Call 1-866-236-3276 to ask questions about donating blood.

Health and Safety News: 

Instructor’s Review Scheduled:

Numerous instructors have requested an instructor’s meeting to discuss all of the changes with the Health and Safety Program.  We have scheduled an instructor’s meeting for Wednesday November 2 from 6:00-9:00 at the Red Cross Office, 109 North Brady Street, Second Floor, DuBois.  Dinner will be provided. 

Please RSVP to me by Wednesday October 26 at 371-2750 extension 104 or email beth.sawyer@arcpaheartland.org.

Agenda:

  • Realignment and revitalization of the Health & Safety Program
  • Review new materials
  • Recertification Adult, Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Question and Answer Session

Reminders:

  • All instructors need to complete the online instructors update by December 31, 2011 (directions below).
  • Starting Saturday, October 1, 2011 when teaching, please use the new materials.  

Thanks for all of your patience during this transitional period. 

Health & Safety Class Schedule:  

Evening classes run 6:00 pm till 9:30pm and daytime classes run 9:00 am till 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted. 

Baby Sitters Training                                                      Saturday, Nov 5                (Day)                     Chapter Classroom 

Adult CPR/Infant Child CPR/AED/First Aid         Saturday, Nov 12              (Day)                     Chapter Classroom 

Adult CPR/Infant Child CPR/AED/First Aid         Saturday, Dec 10              (Day)                     Chapter Classroom

Schedule is subject to change.

Visit www.redcross.org to see a complete schedule of classes, pricing and to register for classes or call 1-800-REDCROSS.  Pre-registration for community classes is required.  Minimum registration requirements for classes will be followed.  Options for on-line “Blended” classes are available.

The PA Heartland Chapter is part of the Northwestern PA Region of the American Red Cross.  With the Greater Erie County Chapter as the lead, the Corry, Warren County, Allegheny Region, ARC of McKean and Potter and the PA Heartland work together to ensure that Red Cross services are available in the most efficient and caring way possible. 

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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Support the American Red Cross! Checks may be sent to PA Heartland Chapter, 109 N Brady Street, Suite 2, DuBois, PA 15801.  

Contact the Chapter office at info@arcpaheartland.org or by calling 371-2750 or 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) opt 6. 

Follow us on Twitter @ARC_PAHeartland and Facebook at “ARC of the PA Heartland” Facebook Page.

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