Board of Directors Dear Red Cross Supporters,
Keith E. Lynott
Chairman Service improvements continue within the Red Cross of Northern New Jersey as we
will soon (October 1) recognize our one year anniversary as a regional chapter. The
Richard S. Brooks
changes have proven productive and allowed our volunteers and staff to better
serve the needs of this community of more than 3.5 million people with disaster
Rose Cipriano response, lifesaving training, blood donation services and Braille reading capability.
Richard M. Harrison As we continue this new phase in the Red Cross serving this ever growing
Treasurer populace, we are reminded of the countless families your donations, and the time
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you have given as volunteers, have helped to recover after devastating disasters.
Luay Broadnax We also think about what your time and donations have done to help us teach
Frank Connolly life-saving skills to area residents. Your continuing blood donations remain a
priceless gift. The time and efforts of our Braille volunteers is something blind
Charles Doehler children throughout the country have welcomed as the way to keep them in the
Michael Festa community mainstream.
William S. Furman
Michael S. Glassner
Charlotte Gray Among the significant recent changes in the Red Cross have been my appointment
Sarah Hayes as Chairman of the Board and the selection of Ray Shepherd as the CEO for the
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Northern New Jersey Chapter. Together, with your continuing support, we see a
Peter Kikot bright future for the Red Cross in this community. We are looking forward to
Peg Knight growing in strength and capability to provide quality services to our expanding
Ann Elizabeth Moser Thank you for your support. Through your efforts and our streamlined
Barbara J. Parmese
organizational structure, our focus on the mission of providing vital Red Cross
Chip Philibosian services and programs to our northern New Jersey residents will remain strong.
Henry Ramer Stay safe and prepared New Jersey!
Michael Stewart Sincerely,
Ray Shepherd Keith Lynott
Chief Executive Officer Chairman of the Board
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided
by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International
Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent,
prepare for and respond to emergencies.
The Red Cross at Work in The Community
Northwest New Jersey and Northern New Jersey Northern New Jersey Volunteers and Staff at
DAT Volunteers Respond to Tanker Truck Accident Recent Hudson County Armed Forces Deployment
Just after 5 a.m. on a beautiful spring day in early May, a Volunteer Faye Evans at the June 22nd Armed Forces
northbound tanker truck carrying hazardous chemicals over- deployment in Jersey City. Faye and other Red Cross volunteers
turned on a heavily traveled section of Route 287 and spilled were on hand to assist members of the military and their families
over 600 gallons of flammable toxic liquid. One half mile of as they prepared to deploy to Iraq. The Red Cross supports
highway was closed and all traffic was diverted to Route 23 deployments throughout the region as part of its Service to the
South during both morning and evening rush hours. Armed Forces program by providing soldiers and their families
with information on Red Cross services available to them while
The highway cleanup which took 18 hours was managed by in the field, comfort kits and mental health support.
local, county and state emergency responders. During peak
commuter hours traffic was tied up for more than 5 miles.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Northwest New Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Donates $20,000
Jersey Disaster Action Team provided canteen service for the to Support Red Cross Disaster Relief
emergency responders as well as those traveling along the Operations in Northern New Jersey
highway while volunteers from the American Red Cross of
Northern New Jersey manned a command center in American Red Cross chapters in northern New Jersey have
Hackensack to provide standby service. received a $20,000 grant from the Toys“R”Us Children’s
Fund to help support disaster relief operations. The grant will
assist Red Cross response efforts, which include providing
Northern New Jersey Blood Drives Produce shelter, food, clothing, mental health services and other
Gas Card Winners immediate emergent needs to victims of local disasters.
As part of the Penn-Jersey Blood Region’s Summer Gas The Red Cross responds to over 500 disasters, which affect
Card Promotion, blood donors throughout the region are more than 750 children each year in northern New Jersey.
entered to win a $50 gas card just for donating. Every day Staff and volunteers are on scene at house or apartment
fires, floods, blackouts, hazardous material accidents and
from May 23 through September 30 a winner is chosen.
community emergencies to assist the 4 million residents that
At press time, four donors from our area were winners! If reside in our region who may be affected by these incidents.
you haven’t saved a life yetby giving blood, here’s your
chance to be a winner two times over! “The core mission of the Toys“R”Us Children's Fund is to
keep children safe and help them in times of need,” said
Winners and Donor Sites Kathleen Waugh, Chairman of the Toys“R”Us Children’s
• Jennifer Katona – Eisai, Inc. Fund. “We are proud to support the Red Cross in their efforts
to provide for children in times of crisis—when they are
• Gladys Pelliccia – Catholic War Veteran’s Post
1612 – Bayonne
• Lanita Hawkins – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center The grant will be shared among the seven chapters and
• Jerome Marks – Metropolitan Donor Center service delivery units throughout the region, including the
American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, American Red
Cross of Northwest New Jersey, Colonial Crossroads,
Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair-Glen, Ridge-Nutley, Sussex
Upcoming Events: County, and Westfield/Mountainside.
Tiffany Circle Kick-Off – Fall 2008
Hudson Luncheon – February 2009 “Disasters can be particularly difficult for children, as they are
pulled from their daily routines and familiar environments,”
Touch of Red Gala – March 2009
said Bill Young, Director of Response for the Northern New
Learn who we are and what we do at “Red Cross Jersey Chapter. “This generous gift will help us accommodate
Live!” Visit our website at www.redcrossnnj.org or children’s needs in the wake of disaster, while continuing to
contact Nancy Kennedy at 201-882-3705 for dates prepare for and respond to the unexpected.”
and times of our upcoming presentations.
The Tiffany Circle is a society composed of women leaders and philanthropists from 23
American Red Cross chapters across the nation. By generously donating $10,000
annually to their local Red Cross chapters, Tiffany Circle members dedicate themselves
to the Red Cross mission and enter a long tradition of women who have helped the Red
Cross serve America through lifesaving work like disaster response, blood collection,
health and safety training and many other services.
In June, some of our local Tiffany members attended the annual Tiffany Circle Summit at
American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Summit, attended
by women from throughout the country as well as celebrities like Actress, Janine Turner,
included events hosted by the Swiss Ambassador at his personal residence and a dinner
at the State Department at which Alma Powell and other military wives were honored.
Pictured above are, philanthropist Peg Knight of Saddle River, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the National American Red
Cross Board of Governors, Melanie Sabelhaus, Member of the National American Red Cross Board of Governors and National
Chair of the Tiffany Circle, philanthropist Ann Moser of West Caldwell and philanthropist Penny Neill of Saddle River.
If you are interested in learning more about the Tiffany Circle and its local impact, please contact Kimberly Caesar 201-882-3708
My Internship at the American Red Cross
For many seniors of West Essex High School, the month of May indicates the arrival of a highly anticipated rite of passage.
Unlike most other high schools across the nation, however, W.E.H.S seniors do not consider the relief-filled completion of AP
examinations or even the pomp and circumstance of graduation as the most prestigious privilege of senior status; instead, a
program called Senior Service is the most coveted opportunity of senior year. Senior Service refers to a community service
program in which students are granted the opportunity to volunteer at various locations in the area for five weeks rather than
attend classes at the high school. The program provides students who must meet certain requirements regarding grade
point average and disciplinary record with an opportunity to participate in an invaluable experience while simultaneously
performing meaningful community service.
As a resident of Fairfield, I decided to choose the headquarters of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey as the
site for my Senior Service project. When I chose the ARC, I must admit, I assumed the charity mainly focused on disaster
relief and lifesaving skills courses. Like many Americans, I merely associated the internationally recognized Red Cross
symbol with efforts concerning major disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods. Upon the completion of my internship,
however, I realized that the services of the organization surpass any preconceived notions I may have harbored.
During the first week of my internship, I attended “Red Cross Live” and a monthly staff meeting; both served as information
sessions that first alerted me to the amazing intricacy and efficiency of the Red Cross. I also had the pleasure of working in
the Braille department, the largest remaining volunteer Braille production center in the world, and learned that the Northern
New Jersey chapter of the Red Cross exports hundreds of books to visually impaired students all over the United States.
Furthermore, I toured the blood donor center and learned that the ARC of NNJ welcomes blood donors on a daily basis;
previously, I had believed that sporadic blood drives were the only available site to donate blood. I certainly discovered many
more amazing aspects of the local Northern New Jersey chapter, but above all, I learned that the staff and volunteers are
among the most generous and selfless people I have ever met. Some members of the disaster response team, for
example, bear the responsibility of responding to crises at any given hour and without notice. I am continually
impressed by the willingness and helpfulness of each and every member of the ARC of NNJ. The American Red Cross
is not a government agency and, to function successfully, truly relies on the kindness of ordinary Americans.
Overall, my experience at the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey provided me with a wonderful volunteer
internship and insight into the challenges of one of the most famous nonprofit organizations in the world. Some of my
classmates who chose other locations for their Senior Service projects might merely describe their experiences as a
much-needed break from school or a welcomed change of scenery. If I had to summarize my internship at the Red Cross,
however, only one word comes to mind, inspirational. By Melissa Weston
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Visit Our Website – www.redcrossnnj.org
Sign up for classes, make a donation and more!
September is National Preparedness SPECIAL GIFT OPTIONS
Month…How Prepared Are You? Give Blood: Give Life – Give someone the gift of life. Donate
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, blood today. For more information please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
work and in your community. or visit www.pleasegiveblood.org to sign-up to donate blood
or organize a blood drive.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you
to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can
Don’t Sell Your Car Short, Donate It! – Donate your used car,
confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services
– water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, farm or construction equipment to
the American Red Cross! All funds raised through the sale of
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a your car will go directly to the American Red Cross, and it’s tax
disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best deductible! Call 1-877-332-7977 or visit:
way to make youself and your family safer is to be prepared www.redcrossdonations.org
before disaster strikes.
September is National Preparedness Month. We encourage Clothes for a Cause – Drop off your clothes at our chapter
you to “Be Red Cross Ready” today and everyday by following sites, various locations throughout the community or arrange for
the three recommended preparedness actions: Get a Kit. Make a free pick-up from your home. Call 1-866-468-7228 or visit:
a Plan. Be Informed. For your future safety and to minimize www.wecollectclothes.com. Clothing must be clean and
damage, pledge to do at least one thing this month to help wearable.
prepare yourself, your family, your community or your business
for an emergency - change a life, starting with your own. Matching Gifts – You can double your gift! Many corporations
Here are some suggestions offered by the Northern New Jersey will match gifts of their employees. Please take a moment to
Chapter: obtain a matching gift form from your personnel office and
follow the directions to initiate a match.
• Take a life-saving training course (CPR, First-Aid,
Babysitting, AED, etc.) Planned Giving – Although making a bequest to the American
• Attend a “Red Cross Live” presentation Red Cross is easy; we encourage you to contact us before you
• Become a volunteer prepare your will so that we may assist you in stating your
• Donate blood intentions clearly and precisely. We also are available to speak
• Build a preparedness kit, or better yet, buy one this with your attorney or financial advisor. Contact Julie McIsaac,
holiday season from the Chapter or from the Gift Planning Officer at (609) 951-2122 for more information.