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Crossroads A publication of the American Red Cross Vilseck Complex

December 2013

Congratulations Trevor and Linda! Recognizing volunteers is important to the Red Cross and communities we serve, whether it’s expressing thanks on a dayto-day basis or annual recognition. This quarter the Region and National Headquarters recognized Trevor Tufts, and the Hohenfels Health Clinic nominated Linda Colgan for recognition. Both volunteers have demonstrated commitment and passion in fulfilling the Red Cross mission.

organization of the event and leadership brought teens together in helping to increase resiliency in the community. This event was held on September 23, 2013 for grades 1-8 and 61 people participated.

Trevor Tufts Trevor Tufts, Hohenfels Youth Chairman, was named The Regional Youth Volunteer of the Quarter and SAF Service Delivery Outstanding Volunteer winner for July - September 2013. His work as an outstanding youth volunteer during that time as a Summer Youth Volunteer and Leadership Volunteer led to the nomination. Trevor volunteered 92 hours, and he has helped build a Youth Program that is growing and gaining positive feedback from many members of the community. Trevor was instrumental in coordinating the “Lifesavers: Be Your Family’s Superhero” for National Preparedness Month. His

Linda Colgan Linda Colgan was nominated by the Hohenfels Health Clinic Commander LTC Christopher David for her outstanding work in the Records Department. Linda has volunteered countless hours in the clinic and also signs up regularly for Red Cross events. Her outstanding work earned her a Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the JMRC Command.

Inside P2 Upcoming Events

P3 Leadership Corner


Trick-or-Treat Safety Event

To learn more about our upcoming events, log-on to Volunteer Connection and click My Shifts!

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You Make It Happen: Upcoming Events the second shift may run past the scheduled time. Volunteers will need to stay until tear down is complete. Mon, 23 DEC - Tues, 24 DEC: USO Cookie Donation Drive. Join us and share some holiday cheer (and cookies!) with our community. Sign up to donate a dozen cookies. Mon, 30 DEC: Armed Forces Bowl Tailgate Party 4 p.m. at GPAC. Volunteers needed to help decorate, prepare/serve food, run games and cheer for their favorite team. Multiple shifts available. Please note: the final shift may run past the scheduled time. Volunteers will need to stay until tear down is complete.

HOHENFELS EVENTS: Sat, 14 DEC: Blended Learning Adult/Pediatric CPR/FA/AED 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



Tues, 17 DEC: New Volunteer Orientation 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

Wed, 04 DEC: New Volunteer Orientation 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

Wed, 18 DEC: Arts and the Armed Forces 1 p.m. - 5 Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Volunteers needed to help set-up and tear down. Two shifts available. Please note:

Tues, 17 DEC: Healing Arts 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at SFAC

Find us on Facebook for more information about upcoming events.

Armed Forces Bowl On Monday, December 30, service members and their families are invited to watch the U.S. Naval Academy football team in the Armed Forces Bowl at the Grafenwoehr USO at 4 p.m. Viewers will be able to watch the game, enjoy refreshments at the pregame tailgate party and play various games. The U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen will compete against a team from the Mountain West Conference. Red Cross volunteers are needed to work this event. Log-on to Volunteer Connection and click on “My Shift/Tower Barracks� to sign up.

Tues, 17 DEC: Healing Arts - Gift Making for Families. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at SFAC

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A Special Welcome to New Red Cross Volunteers! A special welcome to all our new Red Cross volunteers across USAG Bavaria and Vilseck Complex. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Through the donation of time and talent, Red Cross volunteers at the Vilseck Complex Red Cross help local citizens “prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.” Volunteers are indispensable and are how the American Red Cross accomplishes its mission. New Volunteers From: HOHENFELS: Christine Lim; Jennielyn Meno; Kimberly Nugent; Ashtynn Vanraalte ROSE BARRACKS: Jessica Cline; Michael Godlew; Jolene Smith TOWER BARRACKS: Nina Fahie; Candice Gaeth; Kristen Henderson; James Hogan; Pamela Kelly; Marla Lerch; Elizabeth McCormick-Ingrim; Arturo Ramirez; Sifawu Goyea; Maureen Peters

The Red Cross is always looking for new, dedicated volunteers. Refer a friend today!

Leadership Corner Get to Know LaToya Foster

Cross is when it comes to Service to the Armed Forces, and I’m extremely excited about this new leadership role!

My name is LaToya Foster, and I was appointed in September as the new Casework Chairman. I’m very honored to have the privilege of providing support to our military community. I have my Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida and seven years of experience working within different areas of the social service field. I volunteer out of the Hohenfels station, and my office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you have any casework questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact me. Being a Red Cross volunteer and also a military spouse, I have firsthand knowledge of how important and valuable the Red

Casework Chairman LaToya Foster


Volunteers Share Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips

American Red Cross Bavarian Military Community The American Red Cross Bavarian Military Community (BMC) serves Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch communities. Our locations offer:

-Emergency Communication Message Services

On October 31, 2013 Red Cross volunteers visited the Hohenfels Elementary School sharing Halloween Safety Tips with students. Volunteers Catrina Elliott, Melissa Gorman and Jennifer Sacriste joined by Field Office Coordinator Alex Williams visited students in grades pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.

a stranger’s home/car” and “let parents check your candy.” Approximately 210 safety cards and glow sticks were distributed. This is the third year the Hohenfels Red Cross has visited the Hohenfels Elementary School.

As they visited each office they read tips for safe trick-or- treating to the kids listed on a safety tip card along with a glow stick along and sweet treat. Tips included: “don’t go into Remember to log all volunteer hours in Volunteer Connection and VMIS! Every hour counts - from trainings to events, make sure you log them all!

-Volunteer Opportunities such as office administrative positions, special events, health and dental clinic positions, vet clinic, and health & safety volunteer positions

-Health and Safety Course such as Lay Responder First Aid, CPR, AED, Wilderness First Aid and Babysitter Training

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