Better understanding: Rights of the Disabled

cordThe American Red Cross of Massachusetts and Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) have signed a memorandum of understanding.

The agreement was just signed between ADA Advocate Cathy Taylor and Red Crosser Rachel Potts.

The pact formalizes the relationship between the two organizations, and how each is a resource to the other during a disaster. CORD agrees also to come to Disaster Action Team meetings and train Red Crossers on ways disaster responders can be more sensitive and “in-tune” to those with different disabilities. The Red Cross will offer staff and clients at CORD presentations on preparedness and offer staff an opportunity to volunteer.



The view from a refugee camp on Syria’s border

rco_blog_img_BlogLogoIf International Services of the Red Cross is your interest, on the Restoring Family Links Blog there’s a story from Susan Schaefer about a camp in Jordan along the border with Syria.

The day we are there, the team helps nearly 70 people make phone calls to their families. They also take an allegation of arrest from a young woman. Her husband has been arrested and she has heard no further news, so she wants to see if ICRC can find him in one of the prisons in Syria. They patiently dial phone numbers that don’t always get answered. They listen to so many stories. They give their compassion but they also laugh with their visitors. They build relationships.

Among the duties of the Red Cross is to reunite families separated by migration, conflict or war. Read more on the Restoring Family Links Blog.

Ugh? Snow forecast at end of March? Get prepared

photo 5We know. We don’t want this forecast either. But if you’re seriously talking about another winter storm, and well, we may be, you’ll want to get prepared while you’re around this weekend.

What are you going to need? Your kit should have the basics: Food, water, 7-day-supply of any medicines you take, a first aid kit.

And power up the cell phone — we’ll be at @RedCrossMA tweeting the latest about ways to stay safe.



Got a closet? Support our veterans

Our partners at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans saw clothing and other items destroyed after a sewer main break damaged their facility. Now they need your help replacing their stock.

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans is looking for new or gently used items that would keep veterans warm and/or provide appropriate clothing for job interviews. In particular demand is women’s clothing, but business attire, casual wear, scarfs, hats, gloves, athletic and dress socks and under garments are being collected.

In Boston? Drop what you can spare at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans at 17 Court Street.

Have access to Hanscom? Collections bins will be placed in the following locations: The Brown Building, at the Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center, Base Chapel, 66th Security Forces Squadron, 66th Medical Squadron, Base Exchange, the Before and After School program as well as Building 1614 and Building 1630.

For those with access to Joint Base Cape Cod, drop off at the following locations: 1305 (Brown Building), 1548 (Fitness Center), 1603 (Base Chapel), 1614, 1630, 1725 (Security Forces), 1900 (Clinic), BX and the Before and After School Center.

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans is dedicated to assisting veterans who are facing or are at-risk of homelessness. The Center offers an array of programs and services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.

March is Red Cross Month in Pittsfield

March is Red Cross Month in Pittsfield

That’s one awesome shot! Downtown Pittsfield is marking March is Red Cross Month by flying our flag.

Red Cross on the road

Training in New JerseyRed Crossers (from left) Rich Rubin, Kate Leene, Patricia Gauthier, Elizabeth Wambui and Mark Brinkerhoff were among those traveling to New Jersey for training this week.


Let’s hear it for community service!


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.

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