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American Red Cross-Salem County Chapter

American Red Cross-Salem County Chapter
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

What does the Red Cross do exactly? Well, for one, they provide emergency communications, information and referral service to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services, their families, and veterans. They provide 24-hour coverage, seven days per week, through EMERCOMM, the Red Cross world-wide emergency communication system. Volunteers have visited Fort Dix 4 to 6 times a month to give refreshments and a kind word to deploying and returning troops.

When a fire, flood, or any disaster hits, the Red Cross is right there to give a helping hand. The chapter refers and networks with other agencies to insure that the victim's needs are met.

They also purchased a disaster trailer that contains cots, blankets, pillows, and personal care kits for 100 people. This trailer was paid for with donations in memory of Bill Higgins and Nick Wulderk and was dedicated on July 20, 2005.

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Millions of Americans enroll in the Red Cross health and safety courses and many have gained important information through these courses to stay healthy and prevent injuries. They offer First Aid, CPR, and AED classes. They teach water Safety with swimming, life guarding, coach's safety training and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) classes. There are also mission related caregiving classes that include babysitting courses.

In 2005, they issued 1498 certificates in CPR and First Aid and trained 14 people to become instructors in CPR and First Aid, 2351 certificates in swimming, life guarding, and coach's safety training, and 20 children trained in babysitting.

Using a grant from the Office on Aging, they have begun to train county residents in caring for family members who need assistance. Chris Sayer, R.N. is heading up this program. If you are in need of this course or know someone that is, please contact the chapter.

This chapter provides medical equipment to Salem County residents on a loan-free basis for as it is needed.

The Red Cross drivers are a big part of their Blood Services and Services to the Aged and Infirm programs. These volunteer drivers help by providing transportation to people who need rides to doctor’s offices, hospitals, clinics, or other medical treatment facilities. They always need volunteers to help us in this area. Call 856-299-1027 to volunteer.

The Bloodmobiles are a very important part of the Red Cross and help many patients throughout the world. See the News on the website for a complete list of dates for the future Blood Drives. They held 88 bloodmobiles collecting 3474 pints of blood in 2005. Therefore, it is possible for blood donated in Salem County to have helped 17,370 patients.

The Salem chapter is also part of the International Red Cross Movement which is dedicated to protecting human life worldwide.

When a Salem County Resident suffers an unusual financial need and does not qualify for assistance elsewhere, they give on referral funds for food, shelter, and prescriptions.

They also have volunteers at hospitals. These volunteers work at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County to make a hospital patients day a "little brighter."

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
In celebration of National Red Cross Month (March), the chapter is offering a free ADULT CPR/AED course on Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 8:30 am to 12:30pm. The class will be held at Salem Community College in Carneys Point in the Donaghay Hall. Participants should park in Lot D and enter through the Student Union. We will also be running a separate Adult CPR/AED recertification class this day from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. If you have already had the latest adult cpr/aed program and just need to recertify before you expire, you may be eligible for this class. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED in order to attend either class - NO exceptions. Call chapter headquarters at (856)299-1027 for more information or to pre-register.

Babysitter’s Training Course
The Salem County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Babysitter's Training Course at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 24 Church St, Pilesgrove, NJ on MONDAY AND TUESDAY, March 24th AND 25th . Class will be from 8am until 2:30pm, BOTH DAYS. This course is available to children between the ages of 11 and 15 and will teach the necessary skills to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of an adult or parents. It will also help them develop skills in leadership, safety, basic care and first aid. The cost of this course is $60 and includes the participant book, babysitter backpack with first aid supplies, cpr and first aid certification cards upon successfully completing both days of the course. If course is paid for at the door, cost will be $65. Participants are to bring lunch each day. To register for the course or for more information, please call the Red Cross office at (856) 299-1027. Make checks payable to Salem County Chapter-American Red Cross and mail to 258 Johnson St, Carneys Point, NJ 08069. 2nd Annual Poker Run--Sunday, May 4th
The 2nd Annual Salem County Chapter Poker Run will be on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Penns Grove Elks Lodge # 1358. *** SAVE THE DATE *** - more information to come about time, bands, etc!

6th Annual Salem County Chapter Golf Tournament--June 6
Please join us for the 6th Annual Salem County Chapter Golf Tournament. It will be held at the Centerton Golf Club, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318 with an 8am shotgun start. Donation is $90/golfer and includes Continental breakfast table at 7:30am, greens fees and golf cart, large luncheon buffet at the Centerton Country Club! Call chapter headquarters at (856)299-1027 for more information or to register.

Volunteers are always welcome at the Salem County Red Cross. Please call them at 856-299-1027 or Contact Us from their Web Site.

American Red Cross - Salem County Chapter is located on 258 Johnson St in Carney's Point. For more information, call 856-299-1027 or visit them on the web at www.arc-salem.org.

Article updated 3/3/08

For more on local Organizations, visit our South Jersey Organizations page.


Author: Margo Harvey

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