National “Make a Difference Day”

September 19, 2014

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This October 25, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, USA Weekend Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has brought you Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.

Come and enjoy a harvest style fun for the whole family, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch, live music and food!

Make sure to stop by the Red Cross booth and learn how you can become a volunteer and support your community.

What: National “Make a Difference Day”

When: Saturday, October 25

Where: Veterans Park
55 Homestead Rd.
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33936

Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

To learn how you can become a Red Cross volunteer contact:

David Kirk
American Red Cross
AmeriCorps Community Outreach
ph: 239.278.3401
david.kirk@redcross.org

 

 


It’s Time to Kick Off “Stockings for the Troops”

August 29, 2014
Troops receiving stockings from the Red Cross, Florida's Southern Gulf Region

Troops receiving stockings from the Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region

Donations currently being accepted at Lee and Collier County
Red Cross Offices

The following items are being solicited and have been requested by the military:

Bug repellant wipes
Puzzle books, playing cards, iTunes cards
Hard Candy/ Gum
Chap Stick
Small packs of baby wipe
Dry Snacks (dry roasted nuts, granola)
Drink Mix
Beef Jerky
Power Bars
Cards & letters of Appreciation
Travel sized toiletry items
Tuna and non-perishable meat

Donations MUST be dropped off by November 4, 2014 at the following locations:

Lee County Red Cross
7051 Cypress Terrace #110
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Collier County Red Cross
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Naples, FL 34119

For additional information please contact:
Jeremy Gentile, Armed Forces Coordinator
(239) 278-3401 Ext. 116
jeremy.gentile@redcross.org


Disaster Training Class Schedule

August 7, 2014

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Serving the communities of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties

 Disaster Training Class Schedule
August-September 2014

Classes are held at the Lee County American Red Cross office at 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite #110, Ft. Myers or at the Collier County American Red Cross office at 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Naples. If you have questions contact Jessica Reed, Disaster Training Coordinator at (239) 278-3401 or email jessica.reed@redcross.org.

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Join the American Red Cross and Lee Memorial Health System in Honoring Veterans this Memorial Day

May 19, 2014
Ed Wilkas, SAF caseworker, places flags on the graves of veterans.

Ed Wilkas, SAF caseworker, places flags on the graves of veterans.

 

American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region through our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF), will be partnering with Lee Memorial Health System Military Support Program to place flags on veterans graves in Lee County in observance of Memorial Day.

Volunteers are needed to ensure that ALL veteran graves receive an American flag.

Thursday, May 22
8:30 a.m. – A special trip to Sarasota Veteran’s Cemetery, placing flags on the roadways.

Saturday, May 24
7 a.m. –  Memorial Gardens Veteran’s Monument, (Colonial Blvd. at Summerlin Road)
8 a.m. –  Lee Memorial Gardens Cemetery (1100 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres)
11 a.m. –  Fort Myers Cemetery, 3200 Michigan Ave.

*Remember to bring sunblock, water and wear comfortable sneakers.

To register please contact Kim Gaide: Leave a message with name, cemetery location that you can attend and how many will be accompanying you).

Kim Gaide
Coordinator of the LMHS Military Support Program
kim.gaide@leememorial.org
239.343.2045


Red Cross Announces Launch of “Prepare Florida”

April 4, 2014

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 Landmark preparedness effort will empower people to take action before disasters strike, build Red Cross’ capacity to train and respond

American Red Cross throughout Florida is launching a three-year landmark effort to inform and empower millions of people about how to take necessary action to prepare themselves, their families and their neighbors before a disaster happens, as well as what to expect and necessary actions to take during and after a disaster.

“We live in the second most disaster-prone state in the nation,” says Linda Carbone, Regional CEO of Florida’s West Coast Region and Prepare Florida Lead. “The risks and costs to Florida are enormous. Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, flooding and daily home fires shatter lives, devastate communities and cripple local economies. We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can control what we do.”

Most Floridians are underprepared for disaster: less than one-third of Florida’s population has a family disaster plan. The diverse and varied composition of our state’s population also poses unique challenges, especially for our most vulnerable: seniors, children, migrant workers, underserved populations and tourists.

“The main goals of Prepare Florida are clear,” says Carbone. “We will train communities to be prepared and engage more people as we increase both the tools and training that are needed to meet any disaster we may experience.”
The goals of Prepare Florida will also strengthen Red Cross’ capacity to respond to major disasters. During the next three years, the Red Cross plans to:

• Reach 350,000 individuals, families and businesses with preparedness information.
• Increase the number of volunteers recruited and trained to respond from 4,500 to 10,000.
• Train 500,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills.
• Increase capacity to serve and distribute meals from 250,000 to 500,000 per day.
• Add 15 new Emergency Response Vehicles (mobile feeding units) to our existing fleet.
• Convene community partners to conduct training exercises, including disaster simulations,   involving all 67 counties.

This monumental effort will be funded by corporate and individual donor partners, as well as grants, all of which support the Red Cross in making our communities better prepared to create a stronger, more resilient Florida.

Those interested in becoming a Prepare Florida partner may call Linda Carbone at 813-868-7624 or visit http://www.redcross.org/prepareflorida.


Red Cross Events Focus on Teaching Lifesaving Skills Statewide

March 14, 2014

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“March is Red Cross Month” activities include Citizen CPR training as part of
 “Prepare Florida” campaign

American Red Cross chapters throughout the State of Florida are hosting events that will teach untrained bystanders how to respond when someone is suffering a life threatening emergency.  Citizen CPR is a hands-only, life-saving 30 minute CPR technique.  These events are part of the “Prepare Florida” campaign that launched on March 1.

Prepare Florida is a three-year landmark campaign to educate and empower hundreds of thousands of Floridians about how to take necessary action to care for themselves, their families and their neighbors and educate our citizens about what to expect during and after a disaster or life threatening event.  Included in the plans of the campaign is the goal to train 500,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills over the next three years.

Research has shown that continuous Citizen CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained or unwilling to perform full CPR. The best way for a bystander to help is by calling 9-1-1 and using Hands-Only CPR. It’s simple to do and there’s no mouth to mouth contact. In a life threatening situation, performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all.

There are no prerequisites or minimum age to participate in the course. The Citizen CPR training is not intended to substitute for a formal training course.  Citizen CPR is a non certified course.

Florida Red Cross chapters are partnering with companies, healthcare systems and the media to provide this free course to the public:

Ft. Myers Office

  • Saturday, March 15th, CITIZEN’S  CPR, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • American Red Cross Ft. Myers Office, 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110, Fort      Myers
  • 10 – 15 minute sessions FREE to everyone
  • For more information, call (239) 278-3401

Naples Office

  • Saturday, March 15th, CITIZEN’S  CPR, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • American Red CrossNaples Office, 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples
  • 10 – 15 minute sessions FREE to everyone
  • For more information, call (239) 596-6868

Join the American Red Cross at Bell Tower Shops for StarStruck Under the Moonlight

March 3, 2014

SNEAK PREVIEW
2014 StarStruck Cast of Celebrity Dancers

Kick off your shoes and join us this Friday, March 7 at Bell Tower Shops
from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Come meet and support our Celebrity Dancers and enjoy the evening under the stars! Music will be provided by DJ Michael J. Levaul

Betsy Opyt
Cindy Brown
Eric Cioffi
Gary Aubuchon

 Dancing! Music! Prizes! Libations

Bell Tower Shops
13499 US 41 SE
Fort Myers, FL 33907

StarStruck 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. For more information or to purchase tickets  click here.

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Jumpstart Your Teenager’s First Business with Babysitter’s Training

March 3, 2014

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Babysitter’s Training:
Collier County Chapter
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr.
Naples, FL 34119

Session Dates: 3/29/2014
Babysitter’s Training: $85

Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills.

TOPICS:
• Leadership training
• The business of babysitting, how to set your pricing
• Understanding and caring for kids from 0 to 10
• Safety skills: picking up, holding, feeding, and diapering infants and toddlers
• First Aid  and more…

RESOURCES:
• Resumé and business card templates
• “How to Ace an Interview” guide
• Self-assessment tool
• Safety inspection checklist

Sign up your budding entrepreneur at redcross.org/babysitting today!
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit REDCROSS.ORG


American Legion Post 38 Spring Clean Up Day

February 19, 2014

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                                    americorps-logo   American Legion

Please join the American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region on Saturday, March 8 for an outdoor spring clean up  at American Legion Post 38 in Fort Myers.

Volunteers will be needed for the following projects:

  • Painting
  • Raking
  • Sweeping
  • Trash pick-up and more…

As a thank you for volunteering, we will host a cookout complete with hotdogs, hamburgers and refreshments.

Who: American Red Cross, AmeriCorps and American Legion Post 38
What: Spring Clean Up Day
When: Saturday, March 8 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: American Legion Post 38
1857 Jackson St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

For more information contact Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region at (239) 278-3401.


Disaster Training Class Schedule (January – March 2014)

January 14, 2014

 

American Red Cross

Collier, Glades & Hendry and Lee Counties
Disaster Training Class Schedule
January – March 2014

 Classes are held at the Lee County American Red Cross office at 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite #110, or at the Collier County American Red Cross office at 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive.  There is no charge for Disaster Classes, but all participants should call to register.  In Lee County contact Jessica Reed, Disaster Training Coordinator at (239)278-3401 or email her at jessica.reed@redcross.org.  In Collier County contact Pat Lawrence at (239)596-6868 or email at:  pclawrence@comcast.net, or register on-line at http://gulfcoastredcross.org.

 Bulk Distribution
Date Location Time Instructor
Tuesday, February 11 Lee County 6:00-9:00pm Joe Pescatrice

This course prepares participants for the tasks and responsibilities in setting up, operating and supporting Bulk Distribution on a local response and disaster relief operation.

Collaborating Essentials
Date Location Time Instructor
Wednesday, March 5 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Rachelle Wood

This course prepares the Disaster Services workforce to establish and maintain collaborative relationships, ensuring inclusive and effective service delivery.

 Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance (This is a 2 part class)
Date Location Time Instructor
Part 1: Wednesday, March 26 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P. Lawrence/D. Barineau
Part 2: Thursday, March 27 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P. Lawrence/D. Barineau

This class enables Red Cross volunteers to meet the emergency disaster-caused needs of families on an individual basis following a fire, flood or other disaster.  This class is required by anyone who desires to be a member of a Disaster Action Team.  Prerequisite: Disaster Services: An Overview

Attendance both nights is required.

Disaster Services: An Overview   (New Volunteer Orientation)
 Date Location Time Instructor
Tuesday, January 7 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm John Cain
Wednesday, January 8 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P. Lawrence/D. Caperton
Tuesday, February 4 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Alie Randlett
Wednesday, February 26 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm A. Bleakley/D. Caperton
Tuesday, March 4 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Alie Randlett
Thursday, March 6 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P. Lawrence/D. Caperton

 The purpose of the course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.  Participants also learn about volunteer opportunities at their local Red Cross chapter.  This is a prerequisite for many Disaster Training Classes.

 Disaster Assessment Fundamentals

Date Location Time Instructor
Wednesday, February 12 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Ann Bleakley
Thursday, February 13 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm John Doramus

This class introduces Red Cross volunteers to the critical role of Disaster Assessment by exploring related preparedness tasks, learning how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, and become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management and service delivery decisions.  This class is required for all who want to become a member of a Disaster Action Team.

Disaster Action Team Job Induction           
Date Location Time Instructor
Tuesday, February 25 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Rachelle Wood

The Disaster Action Team Job Induction expands on the Disaster Action Team Fundamentals course.
It provides chapter-specific disaster program information for Disaster Action Team (DAT) candidates.

Note: Disaster Action Team Fundamentals is an online course that is a prerequisite for this class.

Disaster Frontline Supervisor (This is a 2 part class)

Date Location Time Instructor
Part 1: Tuesday, March 25 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Rachelle Wood
Part 2: Thursday, March 27 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Rachelle Wood

This class prepares supervisors to lead a team of disaster workers to deliver high quality client service and to create a climate that promotes worker satisfaction.  Prerequisite: Applicants should have the training and experience in the activity in which they expect to become a supervisor.

Attendance both nights is required.

ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll              
Date Location Time Instructor
Wednesday, March 12 Collier County 9:00am-5:00pm Al Goodall

This course prepares Red Cross volunteers to operate and Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and it equipment safely and effectively to meet feeding and other service needs of people affected by disaster.  Morning session is classroom training; afternoon session is EVR orientation and road test.

ALL PARTICIPANTS must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Prerequisites: Disaster Services: An Overview and completion of any online 4-hour driving course. You must bring your completion certificate with you to the ERV class.

Government Operations Fundamentals
Date Location Time Instructor
Tuesday, March 18 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Joe Pescatrice

The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to work collaboratively with emergency management and other Red Cross partners throughout the disaster cycle to ensure a coordinated response that results in effective service delivery.

Logistics: An Overview             
Date Location Time Instructor
Thursday, January 16 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm A. Bleakley/Al Goodall

This course is to provide basic information about the processes of Logistics activities in support of a Red Cross disaster relief operation.  Prerequisite: Disaster Services: An Overview

Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress           
Date Location Time Instructor
Saturday, February 15 Collier County 9:00 am- 1:00 pm L. Peloquin
Saturday, March 29 Lee County 9:00am-1:00pm Janet Michell

This course is to enable all Red Cross workers responding to a local or national disaster to provide basic care, comfort and support to people experiencing disaster-related stress.

Prerequisite: Disaster Services: An Overview.

Shelter Fundamentals                       
Date Location Time Instructor
Tuesday, January 30 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Joe Pescatrice
Monday, February 17 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P.Lawrence/M. Eschbach
Wednesday, March 12 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Alie Randlet
Thursday, March 20 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm P. Lawrence/D. Caperton

This class is designed to prepare Red Cross volunteers to learn the policies and procedures guiding the setting up, running and closing of a shelter effectively, while meeting the needs of people displaced by a disaster.  Sheltering is a key service provided by the Red Cross to our communities.

Shelter Simulation                              
Date Location Time Instructor
Saturday, March 22 Lee County 9:00 am – 1:00pm Alie Randlett

Shelter Simulation is a hands on course designed to give participants a chance to practice procedures learned in the Shelter Fundamentals course.

Note: Shelter Fundamentals is a prerequisite for this course and participants are requested to bring the course handouts from Shelter Fundamentals and a list of things they would take to a shelter.

Workshop: Form 5266 Data Collection Tools & Data Collection
Date Location Time Instructor
Wednesday, March  19 Lee County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Bob Capp

This workshop will introduce the data collection tools used on a disaster relief operation and how to effectively collect the data.  The participants will then have an opportunity to enter test data on to
Form 5266 and discuss how to interpret it for Operations Management.

Workshop: 5266 Supplemental Data Workshop
Date Location Time Instructor
Wednesday, February 19 Collier County 6:00 – 9:00 pm Bob Capp

 There are three ways to register for a Red Cross disaster response training class:

  1. Sign up in the Class Registration Book
  2. Sign up through Volunteer Connection
  3. Sign up through the Red Cross training site referred to by its initials – SABA/LMS.

Please note that you can only register for on-line classes through the SABA website.

SIGN UP IN THE CLASS REGISTRATION BOOK

Class Registration Books are kept at the reception desk in both the Collier and Lee County offices.  You will only need to put down your name and a telephone number where you can be reached.  If you do not have time to get into an office, you can call and request that the receptionist write down your name and number for the class.  Please call and let us know if you cannot attend.

Collier County – 239-596-6868

Lee County – 239-278-3401

SIGN UP THROUGH VOLUNTEER CONNECTION

  1. Sign on to Volunteer Connection
  2. Click the “My Chapter” tab at the top of the page.
  3. Click the “Regional Calendar of Events” in the dropdown menu.
  4. Locate a class or event on the calendar. Change the month to see future classes.
  5. Click the word “Register” located in the event’s “calendar square”.  (If there is no “Register” button and you are interested in this class, please call John Cain at 239-278-3401.)
  6. A new screen will open – click on the red submit button at the bottom of that screen.  A confirmation screen will open. Use the “Go Back” button to return to the home page.

To cancel a registration made on Volunteer Connection, repeat steps 1-5 above then when the screen opens after you click the word “Register” – go to the bottom of the screen and click on the red “Cancel Registration” button. A cancellation screen will open showing that the registration has been cancelled.  You can also call the office to cancel.

ON-LINE CLASSES
In order to make Red Cross disaster training as accessible as possible, the national Red Cross is offering many courses in an on-line format.  The information below represents only a partial list of the courses available.  For more information on these and other courses, please contact Training or Volunteer Services at the Lee of Collier County offices.  Unless otherwise noted, you can sign up for these courses at:  https://classes.redcross.org/Saba/Web/Main.  If you need assistance signing up please feel free to call either the Lee County or Collier County offices and ask for assistance from Training or Volunteer Services.

Note:  Be sure to print out your certificate of completion at the end of the class.

BULK DISTRIBUTION Volunteers:

  1. Bulk Distribution        Fundamentals
FUNDRAISING Volunteers:

  1. Foundations for Disaster        Fundraising
CLIENT CASEWORK Volunteers:

  1. CAS:        Basic
  2. CAS:        Create a Client Case
  3. CAS:        Need and Assistance
  4. Client        Assistance Cards: Caseworkers
  5. CAS:        Basic
  6. CAS:        Create a Client Case
  7. CAS:        Need and Assistance
  8. Client        Assistance Cards: Caseworkers
SAFE AND WELL Volunteers:

  1. Safe and Well Linking        Fundamentals
SHELTER Volunteers:

  1. Basic Food Safety
  2. Sign up at:  http://arc.safefoodsolutions.com
    the activation code is: RedCross.
  3. The code is space and case        sensitive.
  4. Serving People w/ Functional        & Access Needs in Shelters
  5. Shelter Fundamentals
DISASTER ACTION TEAM (DAT) Volunteers:

  1. Disaster        Action Team Fundamentals
  2. Disaster        Assessment Fundamentals
STAFFING Volunteers:

  1. Staff Relations Orientation
DISASTER ASSESSMENT Volunteers:

  1. Disaster        Assessment Fundamentals
PUBLIC   AFFAIRS Volunteers:

  1. Public        Affairs Essentials
DISASTER SERVICES TECHNOLOGY  Volunteers:

Disaster   Services Technology Overview Workshop

  1. DST Customer Service Workshop
  2. DST Networking Workshop
  3. DST Computer Operations        Workshop
  4. DST Communications Workshop
FEEDING    Volunteers:

  1. Feeding Fundamentals
BASIC   FOOD SAFTY

Sign   up at:  http://arc.safefoodsolutions.com   .
The activation code is: RedCross.

The code is space   and case sensitive.

 

Holiday Mail for Heroes

December 17, 2013

Holiday For Heroes

Supporting our Military by Giving Something
that Means Something

This is the perfect opportunity to give back in honor of those who have given so much to protect and serve our country. Volunteers will come together on Thursday, December 19 at the Lee County Red Cross office to sort and prepare holiday cards for area veterans as well as active duty military personal.

During the holiday season, the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program delivers tens of thousands of cards to service members, veterans and their families at military hospitals and installations across the country and around the world. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

Approximately over 3,000 holiday cards will be distributed to local:

• Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion, Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW), etc.
• Military and Veterans Hospitals
• Veterans at nursing homes and assisted living centers
• Local military recruitment centers

Who: Public welcome
What: Sorting holiday cards – Holiday Mail for Heroes
7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 278-3401
When: Thursday, December 19
Where: Lee County Red Cross – Fort Myers
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

To RSVP please email kenny.howell@redcross.org

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800EDCROSS.

For more information visit Holiday Mail for Heroes.


The American Red Cross of Collier County Presents Its Legacy Award to Robert J. Stommel

October 30, 2013

The American Red Cross of Collier County has presented its prestigious Legacy Award to Robert J. Stommel. The award was presented during a breakfast at Pelican Bay Country Club in Naples.

Regional CEO, Bobbi Larson and Legacy Award recipient Robert J. Stommel

Now in its 11th year, the Red Cross Legacy Award recognizes a professional advisor whose life and career exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy. This individual represents great ethical practices, judgment and service to their clients enabling them to achieve their personal and philanthropic goals through planned giving.

Stommel is a partner at the Naples office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, and bring over 20 years of experience in estate planning, trust and estate administration, fiduciary duties, and post mortem estate planning. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and Michigan and is Board Certified in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates law by The Florida Bar.
Stommel has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® every year since 2006 and has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America® continuously since 2007. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Florida Super Lawyers.

A graduate of The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991, and the University of Michigan Dearborn, B.B.A., 1970, Stommel practices in tax and personal wealth areas of Porter Wright. He is active in many professional associations including the American Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; American Institute of CPA’s; Florida Institute of CPA’s; Michigan Association of CPA’s; Collier County Bar Association; and Estate Planning Council of Naples, Inc.


The American Red Cross of Lee County Presents Its Legacy Award to J. Thomas Uhler

October 22, 2013

The American Red Cross of Lee County has presented its prestigious Legacy Award to J. Thomas Uhler. The award was presented during a breakfast at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers.

Now in its 11th year, the Red Cross Legacy Award recognizes a professional advisor whose life and career exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy. This individual represents great ethical practices, judgment and service to their clients enabling them to achieve their personal and philanthropic goals through planned giving.

Regional CEO, Bobbi Larson and Legacy Award recipient J. Thomas Uhler

Regional CEO, Bobbi Larson and Legacy Award recipient J. Thomas Uhler

A resident of Sanibel Island since 1977, Uhler is a founding principal of Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners and has more than three decades of experience in financial services in Southwest Florida. Uhler has a special interest in assisting non-profit organizations in their planned giving efforts and volunteers with a number of Lee County groups, helping them identify, educate and establish long-term relationships with donors.

Actively engaged in numerous community organizations, Uhler is the board chair of the United Way of Lee County and sits on the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra board (past president). He is treasurer of the Florida Cancer Specialists Endowment Executive Board. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva Islands (past president) and serves on the executive board and Endowment Investment Committee of the Southwest Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Uhler is an Eagle Scout and life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He was honored as the 2011 – 2012 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, as Citizen of the Year by the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce and as a 2010 Laureate in the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s Lee County Business Hall of Fame.


Costco Shows It’s Appreciation for Local Heroes

October 4, 2013

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The American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region will be in attendance at the Fort Myers and Naples Costco locations this Saturday night to show our support for local heroes. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) will be on-site along with staff to provide information about our services including Service to the Armed Forces (SAF).

Costco in Fort Myers and Naples – Appreciation for Local Heroes

 Employees of Schools, Medical, Fire, Police, Military, State, County, City and Charitable Organizations

ARE INVITED TO A VERY SPECIAL EVENT!

Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Costco is hosting this special event to show their appreciation for local heroes.

Refreshments will be served. Drawings and door prizes every hour.

We hope to see you there!


Give Thanks This Holiday Season and Support “Stockings for the Troops”

September 11, 2013
Holidays 2012: Troops receiving stockings from the Red Cross, Florida's Southern Gulf Region

Holidays 2012: Troops receiving stockings from the Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region

 Donations currently being accepted at Lee and Collier County
Red Cross Offices

Many of our local troops will be spending the holidays away from their families and friends and the American Red Cross would like to make their holiday a little brighter. Red Cross volunteers will be preparing holiday stockings to be sent and distributed to the U.S. military to demonstrate support for our local troops who serve overseas.

The annual “Stockings for the Troops” event would not be possible without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers and organizers who helped ship more than 60 boxes containing over 1,000 stockings last year.

Over a thousand stockings are hand-sewn by veteran Red Cross volunteer, Helga Schoenlagel, who begins the process in early spring each year.

“Please help us bring a smile and touch of home to our local service members who are currently serving our country this holiday season. As a former Marine who served in Iraq, I always cherished care packages from the community,” said Jeremy Gentile, American Red Cross, Armed Forces Coordinator.

To ensure that the stockings arrive in time for the holidays, the drop-off deadline date for donations is Monday, November 4. This will allow volunteer’s time to sort, stuff stockings and prepare items to be shipped.

Monetary donations are currently being sought to help cover the cost of purchasing additional items that have been requested.

The following items are being solicited and have been requested by the military:

  • Entertainment items – playing cards, movie DVD’s, puzzle books,      small Nerf footballs, iTunes cards
  • Powdered drink mixes, dry snacks (dry roasted nuts, dried fruit,      granola)
  • Travel size hand sanitizer, individual tissue packs and pre-moistened baby wipes
  • Sunglasses (UV-rated), lip balm
  • Individually wrapped hard candies, gum, beef jerky
  • Sample sized – hand cream, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner
  • Tuna – canned and pouched
  • Cards and letters of appreciation

Donations can be dropped off at the Lee and Collier Red Cross office locations:

Lee County Red Cross                      Collier County Red Cross
7051 Cypress Terrace #110             2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907                       Naples, FL 34119

The public are invited to assist in stocking sorting and stocking stuffing. Those who are interested must sign up in advance by emailing kenny.howell@redcross.org.

Stocking Sorting: November 5, 6 & 7
Collier County Red Cross
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Naples, FL 34119

Stocking Stuffing: November 8
Arthrex, Inc.
1370 Creekside Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108

Stockings for the Troops is sponsored by Arthrex, Inc.

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Rotaract Club of Southwest Florida College Donates Items to American Red Cross

September 3, 2013
Members of Rotaract Club of Southwest Florida College and American Red Cross, Florida's Southern Gulf Region

Members of Rotaract Club of Southwest Florida College and American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region

The Rotaract Club of Southwest Florida College recently collected items for American Red Cross comfort kits that will be distributed to area families in the aftermath of a disaster and home fires. The students at Southwest Florida College generously donated items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, bars of soap, washcloths, lotion, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and shampoo.

Items collected and donated include:
• 59 comfort kits assembled from donated items
• 3 boxes of clothes
• $300 donation from the proceeds of a bake sale and $5 jean day

A special thank you to the Marriott Courtyard in Fort Myers for making a substantial donation of toiletry items for the Red Cross comfort kits.


American Red Cross and Lee County Emergency Management to Offer Free Emergency Public Shelter Training

August 20, 2013

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American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region and Lee County Emergency Management will be holding a free public Shelter Management Training on Saturday, August 24 at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral.

This event is open to the public, and we encourage those who are thinking about volunteering in a shelter to attend. Providing a safe and pleasant environment for people who leave their homes during and after a disaster can be challenging, but the benefits can be tremendous.

The training prepares volunteers to assist in setting up a shelter; registering shelter residents; receiving and setting up materials and food for residents; and managing shelter operations. Participants will come away with a broad understanding of shelter volunteer roles and responsibilities while also gaining a new shelter management skill set.

Additional participating agencies include the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), All Lee Emergency Response Team (ALERT), and The Center for Independent Living (CIL).

Red Cross will provide lunch to all participants.

To Register please contact Sam Harvey at sharvey@leegov.com or 239.533.0615

What: Shelter Management Training

Who: American Red Cross and Lee County Emergency Management

Where: Island Coast High School
2125 De Navarra Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33914

When: Saturday, August 24

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Shelter Operations)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Shelter Management)


Join American Red Cross & OneBlood for “Hurricane Preparation Blood Drive” Saturday, August 17 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 14, 2013

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Join American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region and OneBlood’s Big Red Bus for a Hurricane Preparation Blood Drive on Saturday, August 17 at the Red Cross Fort Myers office parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Red Cross will be providing information on hurricane preparedness including how to prepare, respond during and recover after a hurricane.

All donors will receive a free custom OneBlood t-shirt, first aid kits (supplies limited), raffle prizes and a wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

You can make an appointment online at oneblooddonor.org and use sponsor code #M9JH or call 239.425.0953. Walk-ups will also be welcomed during the drive.

Healthy individuals age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Those donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community and in many cases one donation can save up to three patients. Maintaining a safe and adequate inventory of blood requires the participation of volunteer blood donors. Together, we can be prepared to meet patient needs before, during and after any tropical storm or hurricane.

Did you know?

• The Red Cross holds more than 200,000 blood drives every year

• 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives

• Every 2 seconds someone need a blood transfusion

• Adults have 10-12 pints of blood in their body – 1 pint is given during a donation

What: Hurricane Preparation Blood Drive

Who: American Red Cross & OneBlood

Where: American Red Cross – Fort Myers Office
7051 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers, FL 33907

When: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


American Red Cross, Service to the Armed Forces Welcome Home the Immokalee 565th Quarter Master National Guard

August 8, 2013

Welcome Home Immokalee 565th Quarter Master National Guard

Members of the American Red Cross, Service to the Armed Forces attended a welcome home brief in Collier County this past weekend for the Immokalee 565th Quarter Master National Guard unit that recently returned from Afghanistan after a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Immokalee 565th Quarter Master National Guard

Immokalee 565th Quarter Master National Guard

 

The Service to the Armed Forces provided the guard members with information about the “Get To Know Us Before You Need Us” program and discussed their benefits and any difficulties they may have readjusting to civilian life.

For more information visit Service to the Armed Forces.


Join Us for National Spirit of ’45 Day

August 2, 2013

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Please Join Us As We Celebrate National Spirit of ’45 Day on August 11

Help renew Amerca’s spirit as we celebrate National Spirit of ’45 Day on August 11. The American Red Cross will be in attendance to show support for World War ll veterans.

 Location: The Crown Colony Golf & County Club
8851 Crown Colony Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Time: 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

  • dinner – 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

WWll Veterans tribute is from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

  • Opening speech/Introduction
  • Marching of color guard(s)
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National anthem
  • Opening prayer
  • Speech on Spirit of ’45
  • Guest speakers including WWll veterans and various dignitaries
  • Laying of wreath
  • Story of poppies/poppy Service
  • Honor guard performs 21-gun salute
  • Taps is played across the country at 7 p.m.
  • Closing speech

This event is FREE for WWll veterans and their spouses. For all others, there is a $20 per person fee. Reservations must be made by August 6. They can be made by calling Eryka at 800-527-5395 ext. 852


Lee County Emergency Management and American Red Cross to Offer Free Emergency Public Shelter Training at Alico Arena

July 19, 2013

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Lee County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region will be holding a free public Shelter Management Training on Wednesday, July 31 at Alico Arena on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers.

This event is open to the public, and we encourage those who are thinking about volunteering in a shelter to attend. Providing a safe and pleasant environment for people who leave their homes during and after a disaster can be challenging, but the benefits can be tremendous.

The training prepares volunteers to assist in setting up a shelter; registering shelter residents; receiving and setting up materials and food for residents; and managing shelter operations. Participants will come away with a broad understanding of shelter volunteer roles and responsibilities while also gaining a new shelter management skill set.

Additional participating agencies include the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), All Lee Emergency Response Team (ALERT), and The Center for Independent Living (CIL).

Red Cross will provide lunch to all participants.

To Register please contact Sam Harvey at sharvey@leegov.com or 239.533.0615

What: Shelter Management Training

Who: Lee County Emergency Operations Center and American Red Cross

Where: Alico Arena – Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

When: Wednesday, July 31

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Shelter Operations)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Shelter Management)


Disaster Training Schedule – July/August/September 2013

July 1, 2013

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The American Red Cross will be hosting free Disaster Training Courses for those interested in becoming a disaster volunteer. Trained volunteers are needed to help respond in a variety of ways after a disaster has affected a community.

All participants MUST register at the office location that the class is being held OR register online through Volunteer Connection at http://volunteerconnection.redcross.org.

Red Cross class locations:
Lee County:
7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL   33907
239-278-3401

Collier County:
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Napels, FL  34119
239-596-6868

For questions regarding Lee County classes contact:
Andrew Striker, Disaster Training Coordinator
239-278-3401 ext. 128
Andrew.Striker@redcross.org

For questions regarding Collier County classes contact:
Pat Lawrence, Disaster Training Coordinator
239-596-6868

Click here for Disaster Training Schedule


Health and Safety Training Schedule – July/August/September 2013

June 26, 2013

The emergency responder. The lifeguard at your local pool. A trusted babysitter. Each year, an average of more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training classes, including First Aid, AED and CPR training. Get engaged. Get certified. Get inspired – while learning an important new skill, you’re in the right place.

To register for a class or find another class in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass. Advance registration required. Courses, times and locations subject to change.

Instructor

Being a Red Cross instructor is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. The American Red Cross Instructor courses have four prerequisites you must complete prior to the first day of class:

  1. Current First Aid/CPR/AED certification
  2. Orientation to the First Aird/CPR/AED Instructor Course, an online presentation
  3. Orientation to the American Red Cross, an online presentation
  4. Precourse Test which will be made available to you online once you have registered and viewed the online presentations

Click here for Instructor Training Schedule

Babysitting

Do you know how to calm a crying baby? Or how to handle a conflict between two children? How about what to do if a child has a tummy ache?
Learn how to help kids have fun, while keeping them safe and following household rules with Babysitting Basics and Babysitter’s Training from the Red Cross.

Click here for Babysitter’s Training Schedule

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Training Courses are offered in Lee County and Collier County. First Aid/CPR/AED for workplaces, communities, professional rescuers and health care providers.

Click here for Training Course Schedule – Lee and Collier Counties


Be Part of the American Red Cross “Youth Disaster Response Academy”

June 12, 2013

The American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region is sponsoring a Youth Disaster Response Academy for inviduals aged 14 to 20 years. The academy will be  held on Thursday’s from June 20 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Myers office.

Participants will explore how first responders, local government, the American Red Cross and other agencies respond to disasters in our community.

A wide range of topics will be explored related to disaster preparedness, volunteerism in the community, humanitarian law and home safety.

Activities  include on- site visits to multiple agencies including:

  • Lee County Emergency Management
  • United Way
  • South Trail Fire Department

Several hands on activities at each agency will cover useful skills for the participants, and allow them to explore future career or volunteer opportunities.

A registration fee of $80 covers lunch and transportation costs for the length of the academy. Reduced rates may be available to participants unable to afford the full registration fee.

To register, please contact:
Andrew Striker
andrew.striker@redcross.org
239-278-3401  ext. 128

 American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf – Fort Myers offce:
7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite #110
Fort Myers, FL 33907

 


Florida’s Southern Gulf Region Volunteers Deployed to Oklahoma

June 11, 2013
Volunteer, Linda Ross

Volunteer, Linda Ross

American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region disaster volunteers Tom Lee and Linda Ross have been deployed to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma to help assist those affected by the recent tornado disasters. Lee and Ross will join more than 1,100 Red Cross volunteers currently providing disaster relief to residents.

Lee will be assisting at the Norman, Oklahoma Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) putting Oklahomans in touch with numerous agencies including  FEMA and The Salvation Army.  The goal is to provide a one-stop location for people to find the assistance and resources they need to move forward.

Ross is a client case worker who will interview clients and determine their disaster-caused needs. Assistance to clients include financial, local resources, health services/mental health and developing a recovery plan.

Since the tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the Red Cross has:

  • Deployed more than 1,100 workers for all over the country to help
  • Served more than 306,000 meals and snacks
  • Distributed more than 70,000 relief items
  • Provided more than 14,500 health services and mental health contacts

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Volunteer, Tom Lee

Volunteer, Tom Lee

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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