By Brynn R. Saltzer ’04
Shepherd ’07 has been active with the Red Cross since
high school. Here she is at her desk in the Lehigh Valley
office of the agency.
courtesy Janice Osborne, American Red Cross of the Greater
March is Red Cross Month. It has been since
1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt first dedicated
this month to recognize the humanitarian services and accomplishments
of the American Red Cross. Though the Red Cross is not
a government organization, the President of the United
States serves at its honorary chairman.
The American Red Cross
of the Greater Lehigh Valley, located just off Airport
Road, a five-minute drive from Moravian’s campus,
offers services available to more than 660,000 residents
of Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Last
year, the chapter provided health and safety education, training, and emergency
relief services to more than 20,000 people in the area.
Red Cross Month—and
any other month of the year!—is a perfect time
for faculty and students to get involved.
Some Moravians already are. I have
been an intern at the chapter since September. Jon Conrad, director of
human relations, and Deb Evans, director of constituent
relations in President Rokke’s office, are two senior staff members
who support the Red Cross with works, deeds, and volunteer time.
note: Both are on the board of directors; Deb’s term is
coming to an end this year. Jon is on its human resources committee,
and Deb has served on many committees, including the executive and volunteer
Chelsea Shepherd ’07, who was active in the Red Cross
in her home town of Summit, N.J., is helping to develop a youth volunteer
program for the chapter.
I think it’s great for youth to learn the importance of giving
back to the community,” Chelsea says. “I look forward
to helping the chapter organize a solid youth-volunteer program.”
can become a part of the Red Cross family by taking a CPR/first
aid class, attending an emergency-preparedness training
response. Students may wish to join the volunteer youth program,
which offers opportunities with all these, or consider an internship
Look for Red Cross activities this month.
The largest public event is a water-safety exhibit at the
Pennsylvania Expo Center, 501 Cetronia Road, across from the
Tilghman 8 movie theaters,
Our major fund-raising event, Cabaret & Cuisine,
a night of fun and festivities, will be held 7:00-11:00 p.m.
April 2 at chapter headquarters.
For information about Red
Cross programs and activities: 610 865-4400. Or stop
by the Bethlehem office of the American Red
Cross of the
2200 Avenue A. www.redcrosslv.org.
Brynn R. Saltzer, Northampton, is majoring in English and
sociology and is a tutor at the Writing Center. She works two
days a week as a communications and marketing intern in the
Bethlehem office of the American Red Cross.