Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A century of caring


Local Red Cross Unit Turns 100 & says thank you to the South Plains Community


Lubbock, August 8, 2017The American Red Cross was built on the shoulders of our community members willing to face disaster and care for the needs of others. The Texas South Plains chapter reaches an important milestone this month.

The Red Cross South Plains County chapter will honor its 100th anniversary from 10a.m. – 6p.m. Saturday Aug 26th 2017 with a Food truck Birthday Bash at Legacy Play Village, Spur 327 & Marsha Sharp Fwy, Lubbock Tx 79407. The bash is FREE to enter, family friendly and will include vendors, food trucks and entertainment.

“The Red Cross is a community organization and we wanted to celebrate our centennial with the community,” said Red Cross volunteer and Centennial Committee Chair Tracy Murcheski.

“For 100 years, our community has responded to home fires, provided emergency communication to our service members and supported programs that promote the health and well-being of the local community,” chapter director Laura Hann said.

The Red Cross invites you and your family to come celebrate.

As they move into the next 100 years they are looking for financial donations to support their daily work in the South plains.  A hundred years may have passed since the South Plains chapter was founded, but its work is far from over. The Red Cross will be accepting donations at the Birthday Bash and at their office during regular business hours.

“We plan to be here for the next 100 years,” Hann said.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management Reminds Citizens that September is National Preparedness Month


The Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), in cooperation with Ready Campaign and PrepareAthon, is excited to announce September has again been declared as National Preparedness Month.

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
We can all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school, and places of worship.
2017 Weekly Themes
  • Week 1:  September 1-9                        Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2:  September 10-16                    Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3:  September 17-23                    Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4:  September 24-30                    Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

More Information can be found at https://www.ready.gov/ or the Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management at (806) 775-7300.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Job Opening at the Red Cross in Lubbock

Good Morning All,

Due to administrative issues we are reposting the Volunteer Specialist position based in Amarillo, TX.  If you are a current Red Cross employee and have an interest please apply through Workday.  Also, feel free to share this opening with anyone  that may have an interest.  Here are the elements of the position:

This position will be posted for a minimum of 5 days, and depending on candidate flow could be taken down after 5 days, but may be posted longer if needed. Please apply if interested.

Current Internal American Red Cross Employees will need to apply through Workday as an internal employee (please do not guide them to the external link below).



At the Red Cross, there is no such thing as a small disaster. In every single case it is the Red Cross’ mission to help people affected by disaster meet their emergency needs that include shelter, food, clothing, and health and mental health services. As a paid staff member, you will support our loyal Red Cross disaster volunteers who serve selflessly to provide a bridge of assistance until individuals and families can resume a normal life.

Our disaster volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission to respond to emergencies and provide relief to victims of disasters. They serve in a number of capacities, including Disaster Action Team Member, Disaster Assessment, Caseworker, Mass Care Feeding, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Driver, Shelter Manager/Staff, Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health.

We are currently seeking a Sr. Volunteer Services Specialist (Amarillo, TX) to work in our Amarillo, TX office. This position will work 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Travel will also be involved up to 25% of the time.

The Sr. Volunteer Services Specialist is responsible for identifying and developing volunteer initiatives to increase Red Cross visibility in the community. Assist in implementing and executing programs, projects and initiatives to increase and strengthen the engagement of volunteers in assigned geographic territory. Work closely with Volunteer Center of Expertise leaders in the execution and implementation of specific programs and service delivery with the Region’s jurisdiction. Advances assigned program and services to meet regional/chapter goals and objectives. Represents Red Cross on key volunteer engagements and serve as liaison between Volunteer Center of Expertise and key volunteer leaders

Some Responsibilities:
·         Staff & Volunteer Management:  Lead and Support all staff (paid and volunteer) in volunteer recruitment efforts.  Manage teams of volunteers to support youth programs and support Volunteer Center of Expertise intake process. 
·         Event Planning & Support:  Lead & support non-exempt Volunteer Services staff with volunteer recognition events.  Support Disaster Cycle Services with Event Based Volunteer planning and execution
·         Relationship Management & Community Outreach:  Lead & support non-exempt Volunteer Services staff with outreach and recruitment of volunteers.  Support Volunteer Services Officer in volunteer HR issues.
·         Program Management:  Lead & support Volunteer Services program with metric analysis (be a Volunteer Connection “Super User”). 
  • Volunteer Recruitment, Staff and Volunteer support/management, Volunteer Services Program Management


Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background

Experience: Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience implementing and advancing social service programs. Ability to interpret program trends, results, related data, and budget information to formulate recommendations. Demonstrated experience with managing multiple priorities.

Management Experience: Prefer minimum 6 months’ supervisory experience

Skills and Abilities: Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Develops project plans & participates in budget preparation. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of community programs or services. Maintains confidentiality; works with integrity and ethically. Demonstrated ability in creating presentations and developing training modules.

Other:  Intermediate proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook


Thanks,

Celisa M. Alston
Regional Volunteer Services Officer 

American Red Cross North Texas Region


Old (Original announcement)


https://americanredcross.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/American_Red_Cross_Careers/job/Amarillo-TX/Senior-Volunteer-Services-Specialist--Fort-Worth--TX-_RC9974

Its listed in Amarillo but it can be based in Lubbock as the role covers both Amarillo and Lubbock areas.

Job Description:
At the Red Cross, there is no such thing as a small disaster. In every single case it is the Red Cross’ mission to help people affected by disaster meet their emergency needs that include shelter, food, clothing, and health and mental health services. As a paid staff member, you will support our loyal Red Cross disaster volunteers who serve selflessly to provide a bridge of assistance until individuals and families can resume a normal life.

Our disaster volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission to respond to emergencies and provide relief to victims of disasters. They serve in a number of capacities, including Disaster Action Team Member, Disaster Assessment, Caseworker, Mass Care Feeding, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Driver, Shelter Manager/Staff, Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health.

We are currently seeking a Senior Volunteer Services Specialist (Amarillo/Lubbock) to work in our Lubbock/Amarillo, TX office. This position will work 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Travel will also be involved up to 25% of the time.

The Volunteer Services Specialist is responsible for identifying and developing volunteer initiatives to increase Red Cross visibility in the community. Assist in implementing and executing programs, projects and initiatives to increase and strengthen the engagement of volunteers in assigned geographic territory. Work closely with Volunteer Center of Expertise leaders in the execution and implementation of specific programs and service delivery with the Region’s jurisdiction. Advances assigned program and services to meet regional/chapter goals and objectives. Represents Red Cross on key volunteer engagements and serve as liaison between Volunteer Center of Expertise and key volunteer leaders

Responsibilities:
·         Staff & Volunteer Management:  Lead and Support all staff (paid and volunteer) in volunteer recruitment efforts.  Manage teams of volunteers to support youth programs and support Volunteer Center of Expertise intake process. 
·         Event Planning & Support:  Lead & support non-exempt Volunteer Services staff with volunteer recognition events.  Support Disaster Cycle Services with Event Based Volunteer planning and execution
·         Relationship Management & Community Outreach:  Lead & support non-exempt Volunteer Services staff with outreach and recruitment of volunteers.  Support Volunteer Services Officer in volunteer HR issues.
·         Program Management:  Lead & support Volunteer Services program with metric analysis (be a Volunteer Connection “Super User”). 
·         Volunteer Recruitment, Staff and Volunteer support/management, Volunteer Services Program Management
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Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background

Experience: Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience implementing and advancing social service programs. Ability to interpret program trends, results, related data, and budget information to formulate recommendations. Demonstrated experience with managing multiple priorities.

Management Experience: Prefer minimum 6 months supervisory experience

Skills and Abilities: Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Develops project plans & participates in budget preparation. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of community programs or services. Maintains confidentiality; works with integrity and ethically. Demonstrated ability in creating presentations and developing training modules.

Other:  Intermediate proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Apply now!  Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

 

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee’s professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position, please visit www.redcross.org/jobs to apply.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Red Cross Receives Grant to Fund Disaster Services

The American Red Cross serving the Texas South Plains has received a $2,500 grant from the Community foundation of West Texas to fun local disaster response work.

The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization serving the 15 counties on the Texas South Plains with immediate emergency disaster assistance. Formed in 1917 the American Red Cross has worked to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“With close to 100 families each year who suffer from a home fire, this grant will help us be there when our community members need us the most” Said Laura Hann, Executive Director

Established in 1981, the community foundation of West Texas is a regional philanthropic entity created by and for the people of the Texas South Plains region. The community Foundation exists to improve quality of life in the region by helping area donors to give in ways that make an enduring impact on their community. In 2015, the community Foundation and its affiliates awarded more than $1.7 million in grants and scholarships, funding projects of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. Visit http://communityfoundationofwesttexas.org/ to learn more.

The American Red Cross is accepting donation to help fund disaster assistance in the South Plains. For more information on the Red Cross please visit our web site at www.RedCross.Org/Lubbock   or call 806-765-8534


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