Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Red Cross Provides Support at Military Funeral Services

Volunteers from the Northern Vermont Chapter are providing mass care support, requested by the Vermont National Guard due to the heat, at the visiting hours tonight for Sgt. Tristan Southworth.  The teams will be on-site this evening in Hardwick and will return tomorrow morning to provide the same support at the military funeral.

"We will have more than ten volunteers supporting this operation," says Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Beaudoin.  "We really appreciate the willingness of these individual to assist us in meeting our mission to support the members of our military and their families.

Chittenden County DAT Responds to Shelburne Fire

The Chittenden County Disaster Action Team responded this morning at around 2:30 am to a fire at Rice Lumber in Shelburne to provide mass care support services to the emergency services workers on-scene.  The team was on-scene for two hours and provided much needed beverage support.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Champlain Valley Fair 50/50 Raffle

The Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross, in conjunction with the Champlain Valley Exposition held a 50/50 raffle at the Lyle Lovett concert on Saturday evening at the annual Champlain Valley Fair, the largest fair in Vermont.  Mike Sullivan, Deb Lee and six dedicated volunteers braved the gorgeous 80 degree, sunny weather to sell tickets for our great cause. We would like to thank Max and Allison Levy, Ginny and Tom McGehee Condon, John Stark, and LouAnn Chaffee for contributing their time and effort.

Now that we’ve got our feet wet, we are sure that next year it will be even better!

Red Cross Photos from 2010 Vermont Rural Fire-EMS Expo

Check out this gallery of photos of the Caledonia County Disaster Action Team at this past weekend's Vermont Rural Fire-EMS Expo in Lyndonville here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Shelter Trailer "Up Fit" Project

Bruce Pollock is heading up a team of volunteers to "fit up" all of the shelter trailers we have in the region. This "fit up" includes the installation of 110-volt shoreline electricity, lighting inside and out, collapsible work counters and more making each trailer much more than just a big box on wheels. It actually makes each trailer usable as an office or other workspace. Work was completed last week on the first trailer of the project ~ the Brattleboro trailer. Be sure to check out all the photos here.

Red Cross Thanked Through "Random Acts of Cheddar"

You've Just Been Thanked!

The Red Cross was thanked yesterday by the Cabot Farmers of Vermont for eveything that we do in our communities.  Imagine our surprise when a van that looked like a rig made for hunting in fall pulled into our yard and two people dressed in matching flannel shirts got out.  It caused quite a stir and then it became even more exciting when the male member of the team came into our office and placed a bag of Cabot Cheddar Cheese samples on the front counter and said "You've Just Been Thanked."

You see Cabot Creamery is a farmer owned cooperative and like the farm families who own Cabot, they are about community -- those they farm in and those they sell their cheese in.  That's why, says their website, that they created Random Acts of Cheddar, an inititative to share their cheddar and celebrate the cooperative spirit that Cabot is founded upon.

We want to say Thank You Cabot and Thank You Red Crossers everywhere ... It's because of you that "We Have Been Thanked!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Caledonia County DAT at 2010 Vermont Rural Fire EMS Expo

The Caledonia County DAT at the 2005 Expo

The Northern Vermont Chapter's Caledonia County Disaster Action Team will be present at the 2010 Vermont Rural Fire & EMS Expo this Saturday at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville to provide light mass care for about 40 participants. The team has done this event every year for the last few and was invited back again this year. This year Tina Wood, Bob South, Pam Allen and Bruce Allen from the team will be on site.


Welcome to our new American Red Cross in Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley Blog.  We are adding this to our list of ways to try and keep everyone in the loop on "goings on" in the region.  Please be sure to send along news that you would like to have included.  We are continuing our work on integrating all of our different social networking tools.  Keep watching for more news coming soon.