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  • 04/24/2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    The recent articles in the ARCRA eNewsletter about Red Cross pension and annuities have generated a lot of questions from members.  And, because this is such a hot topic we have created an interactive Forum - you send in the questions and ARCRA provides the answer or hunts down the expert to get the answer.  Both the question and answer will be posted on the Forum for you to review..  The Forum also provides a searchable resource for future use.

    Members just log into the ARCRA website, click on the Forum navigation at the top of the page, and scroll down to the Pension and Annuity Forum.  

    Click here to get to the Forum page.  After you log into the site you will automatically go to the Forum page.  If you have never logged into the website, use this link to get to the website, click on "Forgot password" and follow the prompts to reset your password. When you have reset the password you will be taken to the Forum page.

    And, while you are checking out the Pension and Annuity Forum, if you have a question about pensions and annuities, please post it on the site and we will post your answer within a few days.

  • 04/24/2019 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Don’t Miss the Opportunity to "Sound the Alarm"

    April 27 - May 12, 2019

    This spring, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide. Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service to reduce death and injury from home fires

    Click here and enter your zip code to find events in your area and register to volunteer.

  • 04/24/2019 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Hang up if someone calls you claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are concerned it may be a legitimate call dial the main SSA number (1-800-772-1213) rather than the number the caller provides you.

    A new scam involves receiving an email allegedly from the SSA, which contains a link to register for a program to "protect yourself from Social Security fraud."   Do not take the bait, it's a scam, and the website, which may look real, will gather and steal your information.

    Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you by phone or email.

    Report scam attempts like these to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint

    Protect yourself and your loved ones from Social Security scams.  Visit AARP Fraud Watch Network for more information.

  • 03/31/2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Instead of buying a plaque, pen set or other dust collector, how about giving a Lifetime or annual membership in ARCRA!  You gift will help make the transition from work to retirement a breeze.

    To purchase a membership, just send the person’s contact information (name, address, phone, and email) along with a check ($30 for annual membership and $275 for lifetime membership) to:

    PO Box 1581
    Vienna VA  22180

    We will notify the new member of your gift.  Your thoughtful gift will be very appreciated.

  • 03/31/2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    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. Find a Tax-Aide location near you.

    Before visiting a Tax-Aide site, please note:

    1. You will need to bring your important documents to the site. 
    Access the    complete list.
    Federal Tax assistance is available at all locations.
    3.  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.
    4.  Please contact sites in your neighboring state to confirm availability.
    5.  Site hours are subject to change on a weekly basis. Therefore, please check again the day before you plan to go to the site.

  • 03/31/2019 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    April 27 - May 12, 2019

    This spring, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide. Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service to reduce death and injury from home fires.

    Click here and enter your zip code to find events in your area and register to volunteer.

    Already, 552 documented lives have been saved since the Home Fire Campaign began.

    Just one day of your life can change someone else’s forever.

    Bonnie and Gerry Gibson of Sultan, Washington, lost their son Greg to a home fire three years ago.  Since that day, Bonnie and Gerry have volunteered with the Red Cross to install nearly 3,000 smoke alarms to help save lives. “It’s a good feeling because we know that we’re helping to save a life,” Bonnie Gibson said. “I think Greg is looking down and saying good job, good job.”

    Hear the Gibsons share their inspiring story in this video.

    Click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer .

  • 03/31/2019 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    Like most volunteer organizations, ARCRA relies on active committees to ensure that we meet our obligations to our members. These committees include board members but several, including Advocacy & Education, Programs & Services, Finance, and Membership, become much stronger when they include the views of other members from around the country. Committee work generally includes quarterly phone meetings and time required for meeting preparation and participation in initiatives and activities. Region Representative positions in the South, Midwest and Northeast are also open; these positions support our Affiliated Groups. For additional information about these positions, log in to the ARCRA website and (MC DRAFTNG COPY
     FOR WEBSITE). To request additional info and/or convey your interest, email President Carroll at

  • 03/12/2019 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    The following message is from Gail McGovern, President and CEO:

    Hello everyone,

    During March, Red Cross Month, I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge and celebrate our historic mission, as well as our dedicated employees and volunteers who deliver that mission in communities across the country and around the world.

    Our Proud Legacy
    As you may know, this tradition began in 1943 with a proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and for more than 75 years, all U.S. presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month. 
    This year’s proclamation recognizes the many who have answered the call to help others under our Red Cross emblem that continues to stand for help and hope during the most challenging of times.

    In March, we salute all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by donating blood or platelets; volunteering to help people affected by a disaster; taking a first aid or CPR class to help in an emergency; or providing comfort to a member of the military, a veteran or their family.

    I hope you take pride in being part of this great legacy, as I do. Please take a moment to watch this video on our treasured Red Cross history of which each one of you is now a part. 

  • 03/12/2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    A medical-alert device is a panic button worn around the wrist or as a pendant that can call “911” for help if you fall or in an emergency when you cannot reach your phone to call for help.  More than 3 million consumers already own one.  But, which is the best devise to buy. Consumer’s Checkbook tested 11 devices and found disturbing deficiencies and delays to getting to “911”.  These delays are because most devises connect you with a call center and they determine your emergency, call “911”, and relay your information to “911”.  All this increases the amount of time between when your call is answered and “911” is dispatched.  Some devices also sent multiple false alarms.  And others could not provide location information. 

    Checkbook could not recommend most devises tested but if you  buy one consider:

    • GreatCall Lively Mobile because it called local “911” directly and had the fastest average response rate.
    • Shop based on features and response rate rather than price, which can vary from $130 to $625 for the first year.
    • Use the 30-day free trial period to teat response time and location accuracy. 
    • Complete the customer profile with as much detail as possible-medical conditions, medications including dosage and times per day, and doctor contact information.

    More information is available at the Washington Post

    The full report on medical-alert devices is available at  www.checkbook.org/washingtonpost/alert. Washington Consumer Checkbook is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help consumers get the best service and lowest prices.

  • 03/04/2019 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    Region Representatives (RR) play the important role of supporting our 19 Affiliated Groups to help Red Cross retirees to stay connected. 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 open now. To receive a job description and additional information, email President Carroll at carrollm1298@gmail.com. These positions are not overly burdensome and offer the reward of helping Red Cross retirees to stay connected. 

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