Emergency Response

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

It's Friday! We hope everyone is staying safe and out of harms way of Hurricane Isaac. Here are ways you can help and stay prepared for hurricane weather through the Red Cross.  We will continue to update our Handson Network disaster web page as we receive new updates.

Daily Point of Light #4359, Renee Van Heel

When wildfires devastated her community in 2007 and burned her home, Renee van Heel did not wallow in despair, instead she got “fired up.” Renee founded a support group to help the women of the San Diego community who had lost their homes.  The organization, Fired Up Sisters, works to get fire victims back into their homes and help fire victims to become fire survivors.  The group has grown to include six hundred women in the last two and a half years and continues with its efforts until all of its members are back in their homes.

Daily Point of Light #4358, Cindy Brenneman

Sometimes it is not one action or cause that distinguishes an individual, but rather their instrumental role in establishing the groundwork where community can flourish.  Cindy Brenneman’s continuous efforts to strengthen her community of Costa Mesa follow that pattern. In 2008 Cindy received the Mayor’s Award for her work as president of the board of the Costa Mesa Community Foundation. During her tenure Cindy directed several ambitious projects.

Daily Point of Light #4340,

Marcie Green Topeka, Kansas Organization:  Shawnee County Medical Reserve Corps Marcie Green exemplifies the role of a volunteer. The generosity of her time and desire to help others makes her a huge asset for Shawnee County Medical Reserve Corps. She performed 238 volunteer hours in 2009, not only as a volunteer, but also as a leader and teacher in the community.

Daily Point of Light #4279, Rebecca Evanoff

When disaster struck the small town of Holden, Massachusetts, it was during one of the coldest months of the year. A treacherous ice storm had brought the town to a halt. With electric thermostats rendered useless, many families were left to huddle together for warmth as temperatures dipped below freezing.   In this great time of need, the people of Holden turned to Rebecca Evanoff, and to no one’s surprise, she was more than ready to help.

Daily Point of Light #4331, Karen Benson

Karen Benson is a key member in the Missouri State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. She also is a case advocate with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.   Not only does Karen have a passion for helping populations at their greatest time of need, after disaster strikes, she also helps the state of Missouri develop a strong disaster case management training platform, which aids individuals to serve disaster areas efficiently and effectively.

Daily Point of Light 3954, Jody Fazzano

Jody Fazzano is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master's degree in social work, as well as being qualified to counsel people with substance abuse issues. In addition, Jody formerly was a news producer for the local ABC affiliate, channel 6 in Providence, RI. Jody has continued her work in the social/clinical area as an independent case worker. To say that she maintains a busy schedule would be an extreme understatement.

Daily Point of Light 3947, SCS HelpLine Volunteers

The SCS HelpLine Volunteers, are an extraordinary group of volunteers who show daily their commitment to community involvement and to Texas A&M University and their fellow Aggies. They are active members of an invaluable, life-saving program on campus and the selflessness shown by them speaks volumes about their character.

Daily Point of Light 3941, Mary Ferguson

Please read an inspiring volunteer story about Mary Ferguson, RN.: Ms. Mary Doris Ferguson, RN - a resident of our lovely city of Chesapeake, lives in and cares for our community with such a big heart! Mary Doris Ferguson has been a Chesapeake resident and a nurse for 48 years and is a very much-involved member of our community. After the disasters of 9/11, President Bush challenged all Americans to volunteer in support of our country. The Medical Reserve Corps started as a “call to action” for Americans to volunteer – Mary Doris responded.

Daily Point of Light 3932, Operation Medical Libraries

Operation Medical Libraries (OML) collects and distributes current medical textbooks and journals through a partnership with American medical schools, hospitals, and physicians and the United States military. Its purpose is to foster the creation of permanent medical libraries and support the expansion of existing collections in conflict regions where healthcare education and the practice of medicine are suffering.