Monthly Archives: November 2010

Be a Red Cross Health & Safety Instructor, Help to Save a Life

For Red Cross Instructors 

Be part of the American Red Cross mission . . . teach Health and Safety Services courses.

Each year the American Red Cross teaches valuable lifesaving skills to nearly 12 million people, approximately 1 in 23 Americans. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help because you have a gift you can give to others . . . your time, your knowledge, your experience.

Become an American Red Cross instructor and you can by doing the following:

  • Make a difference in others’ lives as well as your own;
  • Train co-workers and others in your company or organization;
  • Give your time to help others learn to save lives;
  • Teach a variety of courses including first aid, CPR, water safety, HIV/AIDS prevention education, child care and others;
  • Gain valuable teaching experience and receive great training;
  • Put years of valuable teaching experience to good use; and
  • Benefit from top-notch Red Cross materials that make learning and teaching easy and fun.

Are you the right person for the job?
Here’s what we’re looking for in American Red Cross instructors. An instructor is a member of a select group of trained and authorized individuals, who reflects the standards and ideals of the American Red Cross. Instructors teach American Red Cross programs within a chapter’s jurisdiction and impart knowledge and skills consistent with American Red Cross policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.

As with almost anything it is important to select the appropriate person for the job. This is even more important when selecting individuals to be instructors. Here are some qualities we look for in American Red Cross instructors.

  • Communication Skills. Do you speak clearly, listen carefully and use reinforcing body language? Do you enjoy communicating with a variety of people?
  • Subject Knowledge. Are you willing to develop a thorough knowledge of the course subject matter and keep abreast of new developments? You may already have some knowledge of the subject matter that you’d like to teach. The Red Cross can provide you with the training you need to ensure that you’re on the cutting edge.
  • Positive Attitude. Are you enthusiastic about a subject and anxious to share your enthusiasm with course participants? Friendliness toward students, an enthusiasm about teaching and a positive attitude about accepting students as individuals are attitudes that help students learn.
  • Patience and Flexibility. Can you patiently explain facts and answer questions? Are you flexible in meeting the diverse learning needs of students?
  • Professional Behavior. Are you punctual, reliable, able to manage a group of people and willing to follow rules and regulations?

Even if you are still developing some of these skills, you may be a great candidate to become a Red Cross instructor. Our new Fundamentals of Instructor Training program can help you build and refine the skills you need to become a Red Cross instructor. Contact your local American Red Cross today to find out more about becoming a Red Cross instructor!

Holiday Giving Campaign: Rush Emergency Meals to Families In Need

Within hours of when disaster strikes the Red Cross is there, providing meals and safe shelters. While families are struggling to rebuild their lives, Red Cross volunteers provide meals that will keep them strong and give them much-needed energy for the challenging days ahead.

You can help stock our feeding trucks and kitchens this holiday season and make sure no child or family goes hungry when disaster strikes.

For $100 dollars you can help deliver a hot meal to 10 people, for $50 you can feed 5 people and for $20 you can feed 2 people. This gift can be found in the Holiday Giving Catalog in print and online.

Holiday Giving Campaign: Emergency Message

Imagine not being to talk to someone in your family when times are rough, or not knowing that a family member has passed away. The Red Cross knows that being separated from your loved ones at anytime is hard, but it is even more difficult in times of emergency. The American Red Cross works with the military to deliver timely connections between families and soldiers to convey the loss of a beloved grandparent, joy of a birth or other family emergencies. Help make life more bearable by helping deliver an emergency message.

For $75 you can help deliver a message to one soldier. For $150 you can help deliver a message to two soldiers. This gift can be found in the Holiday Giving Catalog in print and online.

Holiday Giving Campaign: Music Gift Cards

A song can lift the spirits of anyone, anywhere and the American Red Cross would like you to help life the spirits of the wounded warriors with the gift of music. The gift of an MP3 music card lets servicemen and women download their favorite music to help them relax until they’re back on their feet. When they are so far from home sometimes the best choice is to focus inward with the sounds of music surrounding them. 

A gift card for one solider can be purchased for $ 25, for two soldiers $50, or for four soliders $100. What could be trivial for a layperson, could mean the world to a wounded warrior.

The music gift cards can be found here for purchase. The whole catalog is available online under the Holiday Giving Campaign.

The Georgia Red Cross Urges You to Choose “Hope” This Holiday Season


In this season of hope and in these economic times, more than ever before, people want their gifts to really matter. When you give a gift that supports the American Red Cross, you give a gift that truly saves the day.

For the next six weeks, we will be blogging a “Gift of the Day” that will enable you to help our troops, meet urgent needs here in the U.S.A. and show global compassion for those in crisis around the world. The gifts can be purchased online ( or through our Holiday Giving catalog. Once purchased, the American Red Cross will send your item to its final destination and will send an “honoree card” to the person for whom your gift is intended.

The holiday season is a time of giving and volunteering. We encourage you to choose hope by giving a gift that can “Save the Day” through your American Red Cross.