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  • 03/04/2019 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Red Cross NHQ Departments are seeking volunteers to fill high level and strategic volunteer opportunities. Many of these opportunities have flexible schedules and can be done remotely. Click Here to learn more about volunteering with NHQ.

    Here are a few of the opportunities available this month. Click each title to view more about the position and instructions on how to apply:

    • Volunteer Intake Lead-The VIP Center lead works with a network of volunteers across the country trained to help potential new volunteers navigate our volunteer intake process in a quick, fun and engaging way.
    • International Tiffany Circle Support Volunteer -This position provides support to Policy and Partnerships (P&P) Unit in engaging the international Tiffany Circle
    • Volunteer Services Virtual Instructor – instructs short (1.5 hour) virtual courses using Webex as the teaching platform for the People Management Development Program (PMDP).
    • Disaster Services Mass Care Call Lead – leads the production of the nationwide monthly Mass Care Call, including coordinating presentation topics, presenters and Webex support.

     Interested in seeing what other NHQ opportunities are available? Click Here to enter your zip code and view all available opportunities. If you are interested in applying or have questions, please contact the NHQ Recruiter team at nhqvolrecruiter@redcross.org

  • 02/09/2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to help ensure lifesaving medical treatments and emergency care are not delayed or canceled this winter. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that would require significant volumes of donated blood products.

    Resolve to give blood or platelets now and all year long so that lifesaving blood products are available for patients who depend on transfusions for survival. Please make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting  RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-733-2767).

    A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. Donation appointments are encouraged to reduce possible wait times at blood donation sites.

    Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass. With RapidPass, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

    Please make an appointment to donate today.

  • 02/09/2019 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Four new board members were elected to the ARCRA Board.  They participated in the board meeting conference call on February 7. The new elected board members are:

    Anne Beaulieu retired in 2018.  She served American Red Cross for 10 years, in a variety of locations and roles including financial development director for Massachusetts Bay Chapter, and donor recruitment positions in Rochester, Farmington and Wichita Falls. She was president and CEO of the United Way of Duchess County, New York and worked in the Greater Rochester United Way. She was president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southeast Massachusetts and a senior development executive in several organizations. Anne lives in Marian, Mass.

    Rosemary Leyland retired in 2008, after 41 years as an American Red Cross staff member; she has 10 additional years as a Red Cross volunteer. Her career was in the Penn Jersey Blood Services Region; at various times she served as director of strategy development, volunteer administration, chapter relations, and donor resources development. Since retirement, she has served on the Region’s board of directors. For four years Rosemary chaired the PenJerDel affiliated group. Rosemary lives in Ambler, Pa.-

    John Pacheco retired in 2012, after a 35-year career in American Red Cross in southern California He was CEO of the Santa Monica chapter, and held various health and safety positions in the Greater Los Angeles Chapter and the Los Angeles blood region. He continues as a National Instructor in Disaster Services, and is currently the chair of the Southern California affiliated group. John currently is chair of the Emergency Services Committee Sylmar Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles.

    Sharyn Whitman retired in 2015, after serving in Red Cross for 38 years. She held blood region CEO posts in Ft. Wayne and Columbus, and also served as the Division Vice President overseeing Red Cross blood regions in Ft. Wayne, Louisville and Nashville. Previously she had been administrator of the Northern Ohio Region in Cleveland, and before that, Director of Product Management. Sharyn holds an MBA from Baldwin University, and completed Harvard University’s Partners in Organizational Leadership program. Sharyn lives in Hanover, Ind.

  • 02/07/2019 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Members of the ARCRA Executive Committee, Michael Carroll, Dave Therkelsen, Jim Hamilton and Jack Campbell and ARCRA Administrator Christie Phillips met on January 24 with Red Cross President/CEO Gail McGovern; CFO Brian Rhoa; Chief Human Resources Officer, Melissa Hurst; VP, Total Rewards and Policy, Mike Nichols; Director, Benefits and Retirement Programs, Gary Stradiotto; and others from the Benefits section. We’ll be sharing what we learned about plans to keep the Retirement System strong in eNewsletters and The Retiree in the coming months.

    President/CEO Gail McGovern briefed ARCRA on current Red Cross activities including a number of unique and challenging disasters. Her description of the hardships caused by the wildfire in Paradise, CA and the complexities of the relief operation were particularly compelling. She also reaffirmed Red Cross’s firm commitment to keeping the pension fund sound noting that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires the organization to do so. The ARCRA team briefed Gail on ARCRA activities and conveyed that in addition to our top priority of representing retirees, we have a strong commitment to keeping our members up to date on Red Cross activities, and encouraging them to volunteer, donate blood and contribute financially.

    In ARCRA meetings with the Benefits Team, we identified a number of opportunities for Red Cross to assist membership efforts by getting ARCRA information in front of Red Cross employees who may have begun thinking about retirement including those whose eventual benefit will come from the Savings Plan or in an optional lump-sum pay-out. Each team has some follow-up work; we’ll keep our membership posted on developments.

    ARCRA came away from this meeting feeling like our Red Cross leaders were candid and conveyed genuine interest in retirees and ARCRA, the organization that represents them. More to come.

  • 02/03/2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    As if taxes weren’t confusing enough, this year the new tax rules take effect for our 2018 tax filings,  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 50 and older - at nearly 5,000 locations nationwide. The program is funded through grants from AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service. Find a location near you by searching below.

    Before visiting a Tax-Aide site, please note:

    • You will need to bring your important documents to the site. Access the complete list.
    • Federal Tax assistance is available at all locations. State tax assistance is available at all locations in your state for in-state residents, and may be available to out-of-state residents in select neighboring states. Please contact sites in your neighboring state to confirm availability.
    • Site hours are subject to change on a weekly basis. Therefore, please check again the day before you plan to go to the site.

    The tax preparers, called counselors, receive about five days of training and IRS certification on basic tax preparation and issues.  If you have been doing your own taxes, are comfortable with numbers and computers, and working with the public being a volunteer tax preparer might be a great opportunity. 

    To find a Tax-Aide location near you or to volunteer, call 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp

  • 01/01/2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Here’s to a wonderful 2019 for you!  And renewing your ARCRA membership is a great way to start it off.  Many Annual Members have a renewal date of January 1 each year, and in the coming weeks, those members who have not yet renewed will be receiving some friendly reminders.  If you have received a renewal message in December/January and have not yet renewed, we sincerely hope you will take a brief minute to renew your membership with ARCRA!  

    Need to renew but aren’t sure how?  It’s easy:

    • To renew or upgrade to Lifetime Membership by credit card, go to

    www.arcretireeassoc.org and click on Join/Renew

    • To renew or upgrade to Lifetime Membership by check, make checks payable to the ARC Retiree Association, and mail to ARCRA, PO BOX 1581, Vienna, VA 22180

    If you would like to check the status of your membership, log in to the ARCRA website www.arcretireeassoc.org and click on your name at the top of the screen. Your Profile will show when your renewal is due!

  • 10/29/2018 6:28 PM | Deleted user

    Everyday dozens of individuals get taken for a ride, believing the person on the phone is calling from Microsoft. Don’t be fooled into paying good money to a stranger who does nothing, or worse, giving access to your computer, passwords and financial information to a SCAMMER.

    You get the call from MICROSOFT.  It starts out as a friendly exchange. When he calls, he sounds real. He is smooth, but he has had plenty of practice.

    If you play along a bit, he will have you hold the Windows key down and press the "R" key. This will bring up a dialog box, into which he will tell you what to type. This will take you to an error log, which will typically show many low level harmless self-correcting errors that your computer logs every minute. This is to gain your trust, and convince you that your computer is malfunctioning.

    Then, he will direct you to a web page where you will download software which gives him remote access to your entire computer, so he can "fix things." He will guide you through the steps to marry your computers together. He will pretend to fix things, and perhaps ask for your credit card for a small payment. Then, he politely says "Good bye." During the conversation, he has downloaded the entire documents section of your computer. He will at leisure browse all your communications, banking, and everything else. You shouldn't store your passwords on your computer, but we all do that, and he knows it. He can and will go into your on-line bank accounts and clean them out.

    The moral of the story…When Microsoft calls, hang up.

  • 10/29/2018 6:20 PM | Deleted user
    (taken from quarterly update of Shaun Gilmore, Chief Transformation Officer)

    Red Cross has made continued progress on the Integrated Community Engagement Initiative which aligns Biomedical Services blood-drive sponsor recruitment roles with Humanitarian Services community-facing roles.  Currently, there are three beta locations testing the new business model.  The reviews have focused on South Carolina and Utah/Nevada, which launched first and have been operating under the new model since May 1.  The third beta site, Missouri/Arkansas has been delayed until November. Remarkably, South Carolina has been able to successfully continue beta operations while responding to Hurricane Florence and now Michael and is assessing work during a large-scale disaster response. 

    The timeline for the national rollout is being developed based on feedback from the various stakeholder groups involved in the beta sites.  The process is taking longer than expected due to the intense and complex integration process.

  • 09/28/2018 9:37 PM | Deleted user

    Region Representatives  play the important role of supporting our 20 Affiliated Groups located around the country. Positions in the Northeast (CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT & U.S. Virgin Islands) and the Midwest (IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI, IN, KY, MI, OH) are either open now or will be in January 2019. To receive a job description and additional information, email ARCRA President Michael Carroll  at carrollm1298@gmail.com. Although some time and enthusiasm are required, these positions are not overly burdensome and offer the reward of helping Red Cross retirees to stay connected through participation in a Group’s activities

  • 09/28/2018 9:29 PM | Deleted user

    You may have heard that new Medicare cards are being mailed to everyone with Medicare. Hang tight — mailing takes some time across the country, and you might get your card at a different time than friends or neighbors in your state. In fact, spouses living at the same address may get their cards at different times if they signed up for Medicare in different years. In the meantime, keep using your current Medicare card until your new one arrives.

    There are 3 ways to find out when you should expect your new Medicare card in the mail:

    • Check out the map on Medicare.gov/NewCard.
    • Keep an eye on your email for an email notice when new Medicare cards start mailing in your state.
    • Log in to your MyMedicare.gov account to see if your new card has mailed. Don’t have an account yet? Sign up now at MyMedicare.gov —  it’s a free and secure access all your Medicare information.

    Here are 10 things you should know  about your new Medicare card.

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