Red Cross Team – Red Cross Northland Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:57:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Red Cross Team – Red Cross Northland 32 32 The US Civil Air Patrol supports the Red Cross with flights of blood products Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:39:56 +0000

The first mission carried blood to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. The second was cleared by First Air Force’s Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) for airlift from Wichita to Aurora, Colorado.

Wichita volunteers from the Air Capital Composite Squadron drove 20 boxes, in two vehicles, from the American Red Cross processing facility in Wichita to a facility in Tulsa. The team also transported six boxes of blood to the regional facility in Wichita.

Kansas Wing also received a request for urgent transportation of blood products from the Wichita facility to the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora. Due to its weather sensitivity, the AFRCC authorized Civil Air Patrol to fly the mission on behalf of the Air Force.

Civilian Auxiliary Force

“CAP volunteers continue to meet America’s critical needs,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Dickens, vice commander, First Air Force. “We depend on their help in vital matters.”

Crew members from Air Capital Squadron and Smoky Hill Composite Squadron in Salina transported a box of blood from Wichita to Limon, Colorado, where a member of the main Black Sheep Squadron in Centennial transported the blood to the hospital.

Acting as a Total Force partner and official civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol performs missions assigned by First Air Force to rapidly respond as part of a Civil Authority Defense Support Capability to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian aid.

Blood drive near me: A Chicago-area family is holding blood drives in honor of AnaVictoria Segoviano, a teenage girl who died of leukemia Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:04:37 +0000

CHICAGO (WLS) — There is a growing shortage of blood as we approach the holiday season, so calls for donors are getting louder.

Right now there is pressure to get more people from the Latin American community to donate.

AnaVictoria Segoviano was like any other 15-year-old girl. Full of life, dreams and energy.

“She was perfect in my eyes,” said her father, Alejandro Segoviano.

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Her dad said she could light up any room she walked into.

“She was an angel to a lot of people I think, she had a lot of friends,” he said.

She even had a gift for fashion.

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“She was tearing up our clothes to make an outfit,” he said with a laugh, “but she was beautiful.”

On a cold day in January 2015, the lives of AnaVictoria and her family changed forever. She was diagnosed with leukemia and battled the disease for two long years, relying heavily on blood transfusions for pain relief.

“If you ever see a balloon filling up with air, at first there is no air and it looks deflated and it doesn’t look like it has any life,” explained his dad. “And after people get these blood transfusions, you can immediately tell there’s life in their body.”

The American Red Cross says nearly 60% of Latinos have type O blood, compared to about 45% of the rest of the population. The need for type O blood is high because it can be widely used.

In fact, O-negative is known as the “universal blood donor”, meaning anyone can receive it.

“I saw how directly it impacted my daughter’s day-to-day life,” Segoviano said.

AnaVictoria passed away in 2017, but her family never stopped honoring her memory. They are now holding blood drives in his honor, hoping to give another family a little more time with their loved ones.

“At the end of the day, I feel like we’re the only ones who can take care of our community, so we need to be able to make some noise and spread the word,” her father said.

And think about it: a bag of blood has the power to save up to three lives.

“Be heroes for a day, you know,” Segoviano said.

If you would like to donate, the Red Cross collects blood daily at its Chicago headquarters in the Illinois Medical District. You can also visit to find a mobile reader near you.

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American Red Cross helps disaster-stricken areas Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:33:28 +0000

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The American Red Cross is helping those affected by dire weather conditions, including those in Alaska, Puerto Rico and Texas, and will continue to be there to help over the next few days, said declared the non-profit group.

Alaska—Typhoon Merbok
The American Red Cross is responding to western Alaska where Typhoon Merbok hit this weekend, causing flooding powerful enough to uproot buildings and forcing residents to seek shelter.

The Red Cross and its partners remain committed to supporting communities as the full significance of this event unfolds. Out-of-state Red Cross relief workers arrived in Anchorage last week along with others en route to support this operation. The nonprofit has identified communities on the West Coast of Alaska that need help and is working with community leaders to deliver help where it’s needed most.

Red Cross teams are working to ensure there will be a safe place to stay, food to eat and emotional support for those affected. In Alaska, shelters are run by government and community groups, and the Red Cross is preparing to support them if needed. As with every disaster, the Red Cross recognizes that the response is a team effort and that no organization can do it alone, and it will coordinate with officials and emergency management to help those affected.

Puerto Rico—Hurricane Fiona
The American Red Cross has relief teams in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to help those affected by Hurricane Fiona which caused catastrophic flooding, landslides and left the entire island of Puerto Rico without electricity.

In Puerto Rico, the government is opening and running emergency shelters. Reports say more than 120 shelters are open, many in schools powered by solar micro-grids installed with a Red Cross contribution of nearly $1.5 million after Hurricane Maria devastated Porto Rico in 2017.

Red Cross-trained relief workers will help assess the damage when it is safe and work with authorities to determine what further assistance is needed.

Before Hurricane Fiona made landfall, the Red Cross pre-positioned blood products to support hospitals in Puerto Rico. On Monday, the Red Cross sent additional units of platelets to support patients there. Platelets have a short shelf life of only five days. The Red Cross is urging people living in unaffected areas to donate blood and platelets by visiting It is important to remember that responding to disasters is a team effort and no organization can do it alone. The Red Cross will coordinate with officials and emergency management to assist those affected.

Texas Gulf Coast Region — House Fires
Since September 1, Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross teams have responded to support 62 families, assisting more than 190 people with their recovery process and urgent needs such as food, shelter and medical assistance. aids in recovery after suffering a home fire. Last week (since 12 September), Red Cross teams intervened with 25 families affected by house fires and helped 75 people.

Craig Fugate, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Obama administration, presented a NACS webinar on how to plan and prepare for emergencies and how to use emergency planning and memory aids from the NACS Convenience Store. The resource is designed to help troubleshooters quickly and efficiently determine the best course of action for their teams to plan for an emergency and resume operations quickly and safely.

For more disaster planning resources, articles from NACS magazine, and podcast episodes of Convenience Matters, check out the NACS Disaster and Emergency Preparedness topic page.

NACS partners with the American Red Cross through its signature Response Relief: 24/7 Day program. This July 24 (24/7 Day), the NACS Foundation United convenience stores across America recognizing the first responders, medical personnel, and volunteers of the American Red Cross who work 24/7, serving our communities to ensure that people are not alone in the face of emergencies.

Convenience stores are often the only retailers that stay open during a crisis, serving both first responders and communities in need. The annual event helps raise awareness and donate for the American Red Cross’ urgent humanitarian needs and highlights the important role our industry plays in supporting local heroes and the communities we serve.

Learn more about how you can join NACS’ mission to amplify the good work done every day in the local communities where we live and work by participating next year 24/7.

September 18, 2022 | Lehigh Valley Volunteer Center Current Volunteer Opportunities | The Valley Register Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:03:17 +0000
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Do you have experience in HR, staffing, interviewing or relationship building? Do you have excellent communication, networking, interviewing and research skills? Then we need you! Join the Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Team. Showcase the range of volunteer opportunities available in a given area at community events and encourage community members to volunteer. Contact Danielle Dietze, 570-202-7954, Website link-

Work the assembly line to craft, fill and stack boxes full of food and hygiene items for children and families in need. Shifts are available from 9 a.m. to noon until the end of the month, or from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 29 at Feed the Children in Bethlehem. Minimum age 16 or 11 with an adult. Contact Beth Baier, 610-541-2 052, Website link-

Become a lifeline for seniors in Lehigh Valley. A rewarding volunteer opportunity awaits you as a volunteer driver with Independent Transportation Network Lehigh Valley. Meet new people and make new friends as you drive seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, or to visit a loved one.

Choose the times, days and areas you want to drive. Must have own vehicle and clean driving record. All rides in the Lehigh Valley area only. Minimum age of 24 years. Contact Lois Favier, 610-419-1645, Website link-

Help make a visit to the Lehigh Valley Zoo an experience our guests will remember for a lifetime! Whether you volunteer as a guide, crafts and activities volunteer, Zoo Clean team member, or in one of our other volunteer positions, you help our zoo in Schnecksville pursue its conservation mission. and education. Minimum age 13 years old. Contact Katie Lerch, 610)-799-4171, website link-

Volunteer Coordinator wanted to recruit new volunteers and/or promote opportunities for people who want more hours in their schedule for the Nazareth Center for the Arts. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the board to stay informed of administrative changes, schedule changes, etc. Contact Jenny Swanker, 484-554-5867, Website link-

Sights For Hope is looking for compassionate and energetic people to help customers with visual impairments during our weekly walk at the South Mall every Wednesday morning from 9am to 10:30am. Clients walk for exercise and need companions as sighted guides during this time. Sighted guide training provided and FBI criminal background check clearance required. Minimum age of 21 years. Contact Rita Lang, 610-433-6018 x225, Website link-

The Allentown and Sacred Heart of St. Luke campuses are looking for adult volunteers to join our volunteer team. Help make a difference in your community in a variety of roles, including staff and patient support on patient floors, operating room waiting room, infusion center and more! We’ll work with you to match your interests, experiences and skills to opportunities across the St. Luke’s network. Contact Liz Deck, 484-658-0297, Website link-

Join us on October 16 for our Open Gate Farm Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. at Gress Mountain Ranch, Orefield. Help needed in many areas including pre-event set-up at 10:00 am, visitor parking, bake sale table, food and beverage tables, ‘caretaker’ for animal stalls and the breakdown after the event at 5:00 p.m. Minimum age of 14 years. Contact Kathryn Gress, 610-398-2122,

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Visit our website for a larger list of volunteer opportunities or contact us at 610-807-0336, for more information.

]]> Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Announced, Attend Induction Ceremony and Brunch – SALVEtoday Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:00:20 +0000

The Salve Regina Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni, Parent and Family Programs, announced the Seahawk Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

This year is particularly auspicious, as Salve Regina celebrates its 75th anniversary, and this Hall of Fame in particular will take place during the 75th anniversary launch celebration.

Six athletes make up the 14th Hall of Fame Induction Class: Kelly Burke ’13, Beth Gemma ’95, Sarah Jakiela ’10, Ryan Kelly ’16, Brian Walker ’09 and Steve Wilken ’15. Also included are two former coaches and administrators, Trish Cronin and Mick Klitzner.

“This group represents the best of Salve Regina athletics over the past five decades,” said Bill Villareal, acting director of athletics.

The 2022 Seahawk Athletic Hall of Fame induction and light luncheon will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 in the O’Hare University Building. Seats for lunch this year are $25 per person, but free for children under five. Those interested in attending the ceremonies must register before September 19 at Eventbrite. Entry fee includes a $5 gift to the Friends of Seahawk Athletics.

Pitch ceremonies follow in the Bazarsky Conference Room at 2:30 p.m., and they’re free to anyone who wants to join.

“There is nothing more important to Salve Regina than the people who have built our strong foundation,” said recently retired athletic director Jody Mooradian. “The Hall of Fame is a time when we recognize the past, present and future. The entire Seahawk family comes together for this event, and we look forward to coming together and recognizing this year’s Hall of Fame class.

Visit the Athletics Hall of Fame website for more information. To register for the initiation lunch, go to Eventbrite. Registration is due September 19.

Class of 2022 in the Athletics Hall of Fame

Kelly Burke’13

With just three healthy seasons in field hockey, Burke graduated as the program’s second leading scorer. She remains the all-time leading scorer for Salve Regina women’s lacrosse and the program’s first inductee with 224 points and 166 goals. Burke has the second-most assists for a women’s lacrosse player (58) as she helped the team to its only double-digit winning total in 2011 (10-5; 0.667). Burke was at his best with goal attempts from the free position, converting a best-of-five against Emerson (4/5/2012), consecutive season highs of 18 and 19 (2011-2012) and career scores with 45 free position goals.

Beth Gemma ’95

Gemma set a program record for shutouts in women’s soccer (11) after a four-year stint as a goaltender. The only Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) The Salve Regina Championships had a common theme with Gemma between the posts (1991, 1993), as she posted consecutive seasons with nine wins each (1992-1993). She still holds the program records in saves per game (9.41; 44 games) and save percentage (.852; 72 GA, 414 saves). On the hardwood, Gemma capped off her career with back-to-back CCC Finals appearances and added a berth in the ECAC Playoff Tournament before being named the school’s Athlete of the Year.

Sarah Jakiela ’10

Sarah Jakiela, ’10, makes contact during game action at Salve.

Jakiela topped the circle for the Seahawks while leading softball to an 82-74-1 (.525) record in her four seasons as a pitcher, including the program’s first trip to a post-tournament. -ECAC season. His 45 games started in 2009 still rank second all-time in the NCAA Division III record book (CCC pitcher of the year). Jakiela graduated with more innings pitched (873.0) than all but two other competitors in the division. She struck out 1,042 in her career — twice as many as the Salve Regina’s next pitcher — and holds the school records for most strikeouts per seven-inning game (8.36), the most wins (76), most appearances (149), most games started (137), most complete plays (108), most shutouts (24) and most hit batters (51).

Ryan Kelly ’16

CCC Rookie of the Year (2013), Kelly was a four-time All-CCC first-team outfielder and captained his last two seasons that included championships (ECAC-2015; CCC-2016), the latter leading to an automatic place. in the NCAAs. Twice Kelly was selected to the All-New England team (2014, 2016) and led the nation in hits per pitch per game (2016). Kelly is the only Salve Regina baseball player with 200 hits and 200 runs scored. The 2015-16 Salve Regina Athlete of the Year, he is the program’s all-time leader in runs scored (201), triples (19), shot per pitch (71) and stolen on-base percentage ( .944).

Brian Walker ’09

Goaltender Brian Walker, ’09, stops a Roger Williams goal.

A unanimous selection at Salve Regina Top 25 Anniversary Team, Walker supported the men’s lacrosse defense as a goaltender for four seasons and had an immediate impact when the Seahawks posted double-digit wins (11) for the first time in his rookie season (2006). With a school career-high 810 saves, each of Walker’s individual seasons ranks on the program’s top 10 saves list. He is the only Salve Regina goaltender to have a goals-against-average below 9.00 with at least 1200 minutes in goal. Walker’s senior season ended with nine straight road games and the Seahawks won six times, including 7-6 at MIT. Walker graduated from the University Brother Michael Reynolds Award consecutive years (2008-2009).

Steve Wilken’15

Salve Quarterback Steven Wilken, ’15, takes off as Jimmy Dee, ’15, blocks from the back as the Seahawks overpower Nichols during football action at Gaudet Field, Middletown.

During a four-year career as a quarterback on the gridiron, Wilken holds all-time records for pass attempts (1,018), completions (566), yards (7,121), passing touchdowns (74), passing yards per game (192.5/game), total offensive yards (8,270), responsible touchdowns (87) and total offense per game (223.5/game) . His teams have won 70% of their matches (31 wins including a triumph in ECAC Championship at Norwich, 48-21, in their last game). In his final season, Wilken set the pass program record (211 in 2014). In a road game against MIT that season, he set the mark for completions (36) and total offensive plays (66; 12 carries, 54 assists).

Trish Cronin

Cronin, currently director of athletics at Clark University, spent 16 years at Salve Regina where she served as head athletic coach in addition to serving as head softball coach for six seasons from 1992-1997. , Cronin went an impressive 108-56 (.659 winning percentage) and led the Seahawks/Newporters to a pair of 20 winning seasons and three straight CCC championships. She was the university’s senior administrator from 1995 to 1997 and an assistant professor, teaching sports training, first aid and CPR classes, while volunteering for the American Red Cross.

Mick Klitzer

Klitzner, who died in October 2018 at home, called Salve Regina “home” while coaching four different sports over 21 seasons. He started with cross country and track and field in 1989-90 where he helped lead several Hall of Fame Seahawks to national championship competition – Tracy CarterAngemo ’94, Michelle Fobert Sarney ’95and Karen Luchun McElroy ’92. He added winter to his repertoire while assisting Mike Raffa on the men’s basketball team, before becoming head coach of women’s basketball. Two CCC hardwood runner-up seasons featured the Hall of Fame Seahawks – Kerry Cuervels Martin ’96Beth Gemma, Nicole Johnson Fitzgerald ’97 – while later guiding softball Salve Regina to a second-place finish in his only season on the diamond with Hall of Famer Seahawk Alyssa Ricci ’99.

Celebrating 30 years, growing into the future | Columns Thu, 15 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000

Thirty years ago, the East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC) was born. Now is the time to plan for the future of EBACC for many more decades. It is my great pleasure to report the exciting news that with the hard work of our staff, Board of Directors and the contribution of our volunteers, EBACC has purchased the historic 22 acres formerly known as Adams County Fairgrounds like our future EBACC site.

Although it may take many years for this to become a reality, we are committed to designing a facility that will be sustainable and to provide Adams County with a community center that not only offers recreational and educational programs, but also provides the services that are lacking for our communities. I would like to share with you what this incredible center has accomplished and why we believe now is the time to take this step towards our future.

Pamalee Lady is the Operations Manager at EBACC.

Homeland Red Cross volunteers travel to California to help wildfire evacuees | Kris Caps Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Three American Red Cross Homeland volunteers are in California for the next two weeks, helping evacuees as wildfires burn in that state.

They are part of a special team of eight volunteers from Alaska, specially requested by the national headquarters of the Red Cross.

September 11, 2022 | Lehigh Valley Volunteer Center Current Volunteer Opportunities | The Valley Register Sun, 11 Sep 2022 18:17:25 +0000
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Client Choice Food Pantry shoppers are very happy to have help choosing their food and have it placed in bags from 8:30 a.m. to noon for one or more days a month at the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank. Great way to get involved in the community. Training available. Minimum age 18 or 14 with an adult. Contact Itza Castillo, 610-821-1332, Website link-

Do you have experience in HR, staffing, interviewing or relationship building? Do you have excellent communication, networking, interviewing and research skills? Then we need you! Join the Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Team. Showcase the range of volunteer opportunities available in a given area at community events and encourage community members to volunteer. Contact Danielle Dietze, 570-202-7954, Website link-

Sit on one of our three sub-committees – Affordable and Quality Housing; dynamic economic climate; Regional cooperation and community engagement. Slate Belt Rising, an affiliate of Community Action Lehigh Valley, is a community revitalization initiative serving the boroughs of Bangor, Pen Argyl, Portland and Wind Gap. Over the next few months, we will begin implementing the projects of our new six-year community plan. Minimum age 18 or 16 with an adult. Contact Vincent Behe, 484-523-0900, Website link-

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to play a community outreach role attending community events such as the Celtic Classic in downtown Bethlehem or the annual Beltzville State Park Fall Festival to help communicate the mission of the DLNHC and help us shine a light on the treasures of the trail D&L and the Corridor region. Training and reading materials are provided. Minimum age of 16 years. Contact Anna Kristjansen, 484-280-0390, Website link-

Become a lifeline for seniors in Lehigh Valley. A rewarding volunteer opportunity awaits you as a volunteer driver with Independent Transportation Network Lehigh Valley. Meet new people and make new friends as you drive seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, or to visit a loved one.

Choose the times, days and areas you want to drive. Must have own vehicle and clean driving record. All rides in the Lehigh Valley area only. Minimum age of 24 years. Contact Lois Favier, 610-419-1645, Website link-

Greet visitors and provide available information about the featured artist(s) and the Nazareth Arts Center Saturdays and Sundays for 2 to 4 hour shifts. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. You are looking for people who can volunteer at least once a month, but would like weekly volunteers. Artists consider bringing your art, craft, or instrument with you to practice during your gallery hours. Minimum age 18 or 16 with an adult. Contact Jenny Swanker, 484-554-5867, Website link-

Work directly with customers who depend on our pantry to help them make ends meet and make a difference in their lives. ProJet of Easton is looking for passionate volunteers to help serve Food Pantry customers. Various roles on different days and times available. Inquire with Morgan McKay, 610-258-4361 ex.18, Website link –

Interpreters in a variety of Latino and Middle Eastern dialects would be very helpful at the Whole Life Center pantry in Easton. Distribution days are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Volunteers would help fill out forms and work with our front desk to help understand and properly respond to people’s needs. Only adults. Contact Donna Lavin, 610-746-6405, Website link-

Visit our website for a larger list of volunteer opportunities or contact us at 610-807-0336, for more information.

]]> First evacuees from Oakridge area arrive at Lane Community College Sat, 10 Sep 2022 04:57:24 +0000

The first evacuees from the Oakridge-Westfir area began arriving at the Lane Community College temporary evacuation center on Friday evening.

The Oakridge-Westfir area is under a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation order due to the Cedar Creek Fire.

At the fairgrounds, Lane County Deputy Director of Health and Human Services Kachina Inman said she expects her team to work through the night to help evacuees.

Get the latest wildfire updates:Level 3-go notice now ordered for Oakridge, Westfir, High Prairie

Officials are asking all evacuees to notify the county so they can be directed to resources. Checking in with the county will help ensure residents can be connected to resources after the fire, Inman said.

Signs direct evacuees where to check in at Lane Community College on Friday.  September 9, 2022, in Eugene, Oregon, after the towns of Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie received a Tier 3 "go now" evacuation notice that evening.

“We want to make sure we’re connecting them to the right resources,” Inman said. “We really try to get people here who don’t have a place to go.”

People who can register on their phone and who have housing must register online with the county. There are devices at the LCC that evacuees can use.

Evacuees can connect with the county, as well as other resources, at

Mavis Pas, left, checks in with staff at the Lane Community College Evacuation Center while trying to find her husband after evacuating from Oakridge Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.

Mavis Pas spent all day evacuating horses and other animals from Oakridge, but by the time she was ready to return for her husband, Level 3 evacuation was in effect. Pas hasn’t heard from him since – so now she’s looking for him at the LCC.

“I don’t know if my husband is here or not,” she said in tears. “He’s 90. He didn’t want to come with me in the car. He said, ‘Come back and get me’.” Well, I came back and it was already level 3. They said they were going to get him, but I didn’t hear anything.”

Not said she doesn’t know what’s next or where she’s going.

“I have no idea. I have no idea. I really didn’t expect it to come to this,” Pas said.

Lane County's Colton Mobley brings a pair of rabbits to a staging area at the Lane County Fairgrounds for animals evacuated from the Oakridge area.

County Fairgrounds serving as overnight shelter

Pas brought her and her friends’ horses to the Lane County Fairgrounds, which accepts large and small animals from evacuees. Around 9 p.m., a dozen horses and goats joined three ducks, a hen and three rabbits at the makeshift staging area for evacuated animals.

Those who have nowhere to go or a way to register should come to the LCC first.

“If people come here and need a place to stay tonight, we’ll sort it out and we’ll send them to the (Lane County) fairgrounds and put them there,” Inman said.

Lester Roney of the American Red Cross in Eugene responded from his home in Springfield to help set up overnight shelter at the Lane County Fairgrounds after a Level 3 evacuation order was issued for Oakridge under threat from the Cedar Creek Fire.

An emergency center where people can stay overnight is being set up at the fairgrounds, she said. People will also be allowed to camp overnight at the LCC.

Springfield’s Lester Roney joined others with the Eugene American Red Cross as they hastily set up dozens of cots in a fairground pavilion as the first Oakridge evacuees arrived by bus.

Ron Loughrey made the decision to evacuate to Eugene of Oakridge during the Level 2 advisory earlier today.

“I have mobility issues and thought it best to leave early,” Loughrey said, as he arrived just before 9 p.m. Friday at the Lane County Fairgrounds on a bus with two other people.

Ron Loughrey arrives at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene with the first bus of evacuees arriving from Oakridge as the Cedar Creek Fire advanced towards Oakridge.  Loughrey decided to board a bus to Eugene during the Tier 2 evacuation order which has since moved to Tier 3 "go now" to remark.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Contact journalist Adam Duvernay at Follow on Twitter @DuvernayOR.

Meet the leaders and companies inspiring to change the world Wed, 07 Sep 2022 05:15:04 +0000

At the end of 2022, it is projected that 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. And these needs will have to be met not only by government officials and leaders, but corporations and big business must also become a contributor to humanitarian action. The pandemic has highlighted that we are a global and interconnected community, with our collective health and safety tied to the health of the most marginalized in society.

The past decade has taken a heavy toll around the world. Whether it is armed conflicts (wars), natural disasters caused by climate change, diseases, poverty and food insecurity (currently 61 million people are facing acute food insecurity), these effects are devastating.

Below are some of the humanitarians, social entrepreneurs and business leaders, old and new, committed to making a difference globally and/or locally, who have sacrificed to help, protect and inspire the most vulnerable populations. of the world for a better society.

Patrick Youssef, Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross

Patrick Youssef, Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Prior to his current assignment as Regional Director for Africa, he led the Red Cross delegation to Iraq and served as Chief of Operations for North and West Africa. In addition to his field experience, he has worked on specific topics related to respect for international humanitarian law, such as the treatment and judicial guarantees of persons deprived of their liberty, the recruitment of children in the armed forces and transitional justice. . Born in 1978, he holds a law degree, a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from Paris Sud XI and an LLM in international law of armed conflict from the University of Geneva.

Felix Maradiaga, civil society expert and founder of the Civil Society Leadership Institute

After serving as the youngest Secretary General of the Department of Defense, Felix dedicated himself to strengthening peace, democracy and the rule of law in Central America. A recognized international expert on civil society, post-conflict reconstruction and leadership development. In 2007, he founded the Civil Society Leadership Institute, one of Central America’s leading training centers for civic leadership and nonviolence. He is a widely published social entrepreneur and thought leader in Central America. In addition to his pro bono work with civil society, Felix is ​​the executive director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP), one of Central America’s leading think tanks. He is also an advisory director at Pioneer Capital Partners, an investment firm dedicated to making principal investments in Central America and the Caribbean. In 2012, he founded “Fundación Libertad” as a non-profit umbrella organization coordinating his civic and social innovation initiatives. Felix is ​​a Young Global Leader (Alumnus) of the World Economic Forum and in 2010 was inducted into the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2015, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs awarded him the prestigious Gus Hart Fellowship. Maradiaga was a presidential candidate seeking to run against Ortega when he was arrested amid a wave of arrests of opposition politicians.

Neema Kaseje, Pediatric Surgeon at Doctors Without Borders.

Neema Kaseje, a pediatric surgeon from the humanitarian association Doctors Without Borders. Kaseje’s career has been dedicated to building pediatric surgical care delivery systems in Kenya, Haiti, Congo, CAR and Liberia. In Haiti, Kaseje was the only pediatric surgeon in the public sector. She expanded access to pediatric care by training young doctors. As a result, her team doubled the number of children with access to life-saving surgical care. “We are in the midst of multiple devastating humanitarian crises,” says Kaseje. “A pandemic that has killed more than 6 million people, along with climate disasters, conflict and violence, are driving innocent people away from their homes around the world. Today, 100 million people, mostly women and children, have fled persecution, violence, conflict, poverty and social unrest. Neema calls for “more inclusive processes and interventions towards those who are usually left behind, including women and children, who bear often the burden of humanitarian crises”.

Sister Jenna, Director of the Museum of Meditation

In her journey to inspire change and find solutions to current crises, Sister Dr. Jenna recognized that we are all impacted by our leaders, that government plays an important role in everyone’s life, and that government officials more than anyone need to rediscover their deep humanity in order to serve with kindness. Through various initiatives, Sister Jenna has made it her mission to reconnect government officials to their higher consciousness so they can bring “good” to the masses. “If political leaders have touched their own inner humanity, it is natural that they serve everyone, beyond their parties and their agendas,” he added.says Sister Jenna. Settling in the heart of Washington D.C., where she also founded Meditation Museum I and II, Sister Jenna also serves on the White House Interfaith Committee, helping residents tap into their higher consciousness to help them become better leaders. Honored with the President’s Lifetime National Community Service Sister Jenna is a trusted spiritual mentor committed to bridging the gaps in societies through countless accomplishments such as her syndicated radio shows meditating america and When East Meets West as well as her work with world-renowned producer Ricky Kej on the 2022 Grammy Award-winning meditation album Om Shanti, as well as her book Meditation: intimate experiences with the divine through contemplative practices.

Yetnebersh Negussie, human rights activist

Yetnebersh Negussie is an Ethiopian human rights activist, particularly interested in promoting gender and disability inclusion in overall development at different levels. As a result of her remarkable lessons in advocating for the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities, she co-founded the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD), along with other colleagues, in 2005, during which she served as executive director until 2016. In September 2017, Yetnebersh was named co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. she is a co-founder of the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD). Yetnebersh is currently the President of the Ethiopian Disabled Lawyers Association (ELDA) and Co-Chair of the Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission.

Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama

Doug Wood is a strong and effective leader responsible for over 20 years of impressive company growth and expansion. He was named chairman in 2008 and chief executive in 2015. Wood is currently the CEO of the lifestyle brand Tommy Bahamas. Under his leadership, he continued and expanded the brand’s charitable efforts such as the Garden of Hope and Courage, Skin Cancer Foundation, No Kid Hungry, Bike Ms, The Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI), Fashion Scholarship Fund, The Rainier Scholars, Golf Charity Golf Tournament Series and Breast Cancer Research Foundationwhere starting October 2022, Tommy Bahama will donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and participate in a “gathering” program at their retail stores for guests to donate.

“I am fortunate to be at a company where an incredible charitable spirit is part of our culture,” said Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “Employees at all levels engage in a grassroots, bottom-up, not just top-down approach to giving. As a result, we work with a wide range of organizations large and small, providing the time, money and the support needed to make a difference. We create special product collections, raise funds at our annual golf tournaments for local charities, and create rally programs in our stores and restaurants. We also support initiatives led by employees – from supporting refugee groups and fundraisers to sponsoring a team of Tommy Bahama employees in the Bike MS race, where employee participation and funds raised have grown every year. I may have some credit for that, but really, they are our employees, everyone here believes in the power of giving, doing the right thing is part of who we are. We are one team.

WJP Los Deliversitas Unidos, Justice for essential workers

WJP Los Deliversitas Unidos The mission is to advance the rights of essential workers in the food delivery space and help them get the basic protections they need and deserve. Los Deliversitas Unidos is a new organizing effort spawned by the Workers Justice Project to give a vulnerable group of gig workers access to basic rights, such as the right to use the bathroom and a minimum wage. Many food delivery people can work 12 hour days in the cold or rain for multiple catering applications and still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. Many food workers lost their jobs when the restaurants that employed them were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their only option was to work through a delivery app, such as GrubHub, DoorDash, Relay, and UberEats, among others. New York City has up to 65,000 app-based food deliverers who continue to feed the city. Last year, the organization was honored by Buchanan Scotch Whiskey at an intimate dinner for their work in protecting the rights of these workers.