Category Archives: Community Service

Community Service is an integral part of our Red Cross mission. The Vanderbilt Chapter has been reaching out to various parts of the community and helping in numerous ways. We have volunteered with organizations that provide care to needy children, adults, and the elderly all over Nashville. We continue our efforts in the hopes of saving human lives and promoting a healthier, safer well-being.

Contacts: Jessica Chamish (, Tesniem Shinawi (

IMPORTANT: The timestamp under each item is the date that the entry was posted, NOT the date of the event.

GBM Minutes 10.14.12

• GBM Minutes- October 14, 2012
• As usual, the requirements for becoming an official ARC member are 8 service hours throughout the year and the $5 dues!
• Congratulations to our new Freshman Representatives Andrew Wilkison and Katie Linek and our new Hub Club Committee Coordinator Jelena Belenzada.
• Remember this Saturday, October 20, there is the Disaster Services Overview Class. You need to take this class if you want to take any higher level disaster relief classes or if you want to want to become a disaster relief instructor. Email for more information or if you want a ride! Check out the email from Monday for detail instructions for registering for classes.
• Some other exciting emergency services classes coming up include: Disaster Action Team Orientation (10/23), Emergency Response Vehicle: Ready, Set, Roll (10/27), Psychological First Aid (10/30), and Disaster Fundraising (11/2). Again, email with any questions.
• Chili’s Give Back Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th!
• The homecoming blood drive is NEXT week! To sign up to give blood go to and enter the sponsor code, vandy19. Go ahead and make an appointment! The hours are Monday, 11-4; Tuesday, 10-4; and Wednesday 10-4. If you don’t want to give blood, you can still help out by volunteering to publicize on the wall or volunteer at the actual event!
• Don’t want to/can’t give blood? You can still help! Here are links to two opportunities to volunteer with the blood drive:
o On The Wall October 18 and 19:
o At The Blood Drive October 22, 23 and 24:
• Join us in our monthly service opportunity – Families First at the Kennedy Center! Play with children with autism and their siblings while their parents are at information sessions! It is October 27 from 8:30 am to 12 pm. Email to learn how to be eligible for this great service opportunity!
• Volunteer at the Blood Bash! It is Saturday, October 27th at the Standard at the Smith House Downtown. There are three two-hour shifts: 8-10 pm, 10-12 am, and 12 am- 2am. Rides provided! Email if interested!
• We had a lot of fun making Holiday Cards for Heroes! Come to the November 11th GBM to help sort them!
• Join the American Red Cross at Vanderbilt Relay for Life team! Visit to sign up and start fundraising.
• Want to get more involved with Vandy ARC? Join the Fundraising Committee ( or the PR Squad (!
• Our next General Body Meeting will be October 28 at 6pm in Buttrick 206. See you then!


Families First Program

The Families First Program helps build positive relationships between parents and their children by educating both families and the professionals who serve them through inspiring, hands-on workshops. The workshop is taking place on Peabody Campus at the Susan Gray School (gym and playground). We will be helping with childcare, including: playing with the kids and helping them with snacks and bathroom breaks.

Current dates:

  • Oct. 2, Sat., 8am-12pm
  • Monday Night Series: Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, 5:30-8:00pm

More dates coming soon!

Movie in the Park and picnic

Want to have a fun evening in Centennial Park? On October 15, there will be a picnic and movie (The Blind Side) in the park for Volunteer Blood Donor Appreciation. Volunteers are needed from 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm. To volunteer to set-up and help out, email If you just want to attend the event, RSVP at

Ming Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration

We will be starting our volunteering and shadowing opportunities at Ming Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration and Wang Vision Institute. Please email Nila Manandhar at for more information.

Relay for Life

When: November 12, 6pm-6am.

We are putting together a Red Cross team for Relay for Life! To sign up, go to, click sign-up, go to “Join a Team”, and type in VandyRedCross. If you have questions, please email Jessica Chamish at

Hands On Nashville

Time: Saturday, September 25th from 8am-12pm

Site: Monroe Harding Center – volunteers needed for cleaning, painting, gardening, etc.

If you are interested, please email