Lily Mendez Morgan, Chief Operating Officer was the moderator on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Center for Collaborative Leadership University of Massachusetts Boston: Emerging Leaders Panel.
As moderator Lily was charged with helping guide the fellows to develop the correlation between leadership and community service.
These classes will be offered at our Springfield office.
- Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED on 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Offering ID is 02672088. $110.00 per person.
- Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED only – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Offering ID is 02671628. $90.00 person.
Register by using redcross.org/takeaclass or calling 1-800-redcross.
Yes, it is back again- another Valentine’s Day for the books. If you’re like me (a complete procrastinator who also considers herself an extraordinary planner) you’re still struggling to think of that perfect gift for your special guy or girl. If you’re not like me and you’ve had the perfect restaurant, candies and romantic playlist picked out for weeks then you can get out of here. Just joking! Seal the deal on your already amazing plans or fill your open February 14 schedule with these “Top Ten Things to do with your Lover” ideas from the Red Cross (yes, I added with your lover).
Who doesn’t love the selfless, sweet, caring guy who chooses to spend this special day donating his very own blood. You are touched by his compassionate soul and follow his lead. Now stick around and grab some cookies or head to that chocolate shop down the street to get rid of that slight feeling of light-headedness.
Maybe you’ve just stepped into the powdery fluff floating from the sky or realized you and your date both share the same love of lady synchronizing swimming but you feel the moment and some smooching happens. Be careful people. It is F-L-U season. To ensure safe kissing practices check up on these tips to stay flu free.
Ok, so you chose to stay in, cozy up to the fire (who doesn’t have a fireplace in their Bostonian apartment) and sip hot coco with Mr. or Mrs. Valentine this year. It’s great, you’re really enjoying the nice quiet night but feel like something is missing. Two words- Digital Fundraisers. Let’s get some productivity in your night. Then go back to the coco.
Valentine’s didn’t go as planned. Your blind date was a L7 weenie. You’re back at home reliving the reality of his choice of the dreaded Hawaiian shirt and the seventh call with his mom when you just really need something besides your glass of chardonnay to turn that mood around. DING DING DING! Donate some of that money you would have spent on your second bottle of 2 buck chuck to the Red Cross (maybe more than 2 bucks though c’mon now).
Dinner is on the table, Sinatra is asking luck to be a lady tonight, candles are lit and the door bell rings. Sparky leaps up out of his trance focused on the burnt t-bone you very kindly sacrificed an hour ago and brings the entire table down with him. Candles. On the ground. Flames. Date no more. Better luck next year in your new apartment. Don’t let this be your story by being prepared.
By the way, Sparky, #1 known dog name am I right?
Let’s stray from the norm. No chocolates or fancy dinner reservations. You guys want to do something different. Why don’t you spend your day brushing up on your first aid and CPR skills in a Red Cross class? Now you not only have the certainty of your love for one another but you also know he won’t sit dumbfounded while the ring he masterfully baked into your slice of cake slips down your throat. Too graphic? Ya, take the class.
Hit up the Red Cross store for a special Valentine Day gift. Nothing says I love you more than safety gear or a nice warm fleece… I’d take the fleece. They look comfy.
Don’t let disaster strike on your special day. Hey, you didn’t know she was allergic to daisies or that this restaurant would make you feel like a piece of meat that’s on its eighth hour in the crock pot causing your pit stains to be on point. You didn’t have the foresight for that and that’s fine but you CAN be prepared for a different kind of disaster- a natural disaster.
She’s the technological type. Always up to date on the newest ipod, ipad and every app to go with them. Impress her with the Red Cross app. Make her techy head spin with your intelligence and grace as you guide her through her very own first aid app.
The couple who volunteers together stays together. It is just a known fact. Check up on volunteering opportunities around your local neighborhoods. Think about all the memories and experiences you can lovingly look back twenty years from now. Yes, volunteer = stay together. Forever.
Knowing your neighbors’ strengths and skills can help when disaster strikes. Meet with your neighbors to construct a plan and consider how you will be able to help children, elderly and the disabled in the interim before help arrives.
I met with my neighborhood watch organization and we designated a medical contact, a handyman with electrical and plumbing knowledge and a coordinator who would account for all members of each household. I, of course, will use my amazing blogging and social media skills to relay messages to the outside world that my street is safe.
Be sure to have a substantial stock of water and nonperishable food items at hand. It would also be useful to draft a master list of serious medical conditions and emergency contacts. It doesn’t hurt to be too prepared!
As always, you can check out American Red Cross website for more safety tips.
How do you unwind after running umpteen miles in the cold?
For some, it would be a nice frosty beer and maybe a burger. But for Team Red Cross, it’s yoga.
Rebecca Pacheco, a first-time member of Team Red Cross and an established yogi, is leading her fellow teammates in customized classes that will enhance flexibility, fitness and mental focus.
Yoga for Runners caters to areas of the body that are most overused or prone to injury, and classes will help the team recover from long runs and become mentally and physically strong for race day.
Thanks to Healthworks Back Bay and Team Red Cross runner Matt Harrington for hosting Yoga for Team Red Cross runners, and thanks to Rebecca for leading the instruction. Check out her website for more yogi inspiration.