Rent a Cabana on June 29 to Benefit Red Cross in Nevada

There’s no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than by lounging in the shade next to a pool. If you agree, spend June 29 at Palms Pool & Dayclub. On this day, you can rent a poolside cabana at Palms Pool while also furthering the mission of the American Red Cross in the southern Nevada community.

These cabanas are normally $150, but on June 29, the Palms will only charge $100, and all of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross in southern Nevada. Space is limited, and RSVP’s will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cabanas are available from 10:00 am until the pool closes at 6:00pm. Call (702) 942-6832 to make a reservation and remember to let them know it is for Cabanas for a Cause and the Red Cross.

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Volunteers of Red Cross Southern Nevada Complete Annual Chapter-Wide Exercise

IMG_0767On Saturday, May 16th, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada held their annual chapter-wide exercise with participating local organizations to practice what they regularly prepare for. Volunteers had the opportunity to partake in a disaster simulation in order to prepare for real-life situations.

The simulation’s scenario was a large thunderstorm in Southern Nevada causing a city flood and aircraft crash near the chapter’s site. Volunteers were responsible for opening and operating a disaster operating center and three shelters in four separate areas, performing damage assessment, and providing food and recovery services to those affected by the disaster.

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The exercise was a successful community-wide event, with the American Red Cross partnering with organizations all over Las Vegas. Throughout the exercise, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter was tested on their ability to mobilize volunteers and staff to efficiently carry out on-demand tasks in each person’s respective roles.

The drill allowed volunteers from each core of the Red Cross to achieve exercise objectives necessary for providing aid to the community before, during, and after a disaster.

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Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for Red Cross Every Heroes Awards

The Everyday Heroes Awards honor ordinary people who have done something extraordinary in our community. These individuals put their own needs aside so they can help others. The American Red Cross is honored to salute these unsung heroes.

The Red Cross “Everyday Heroes Awards” will recognize people in the southern Nevada community for their selfless acts. These heroes will be nominated by their peers.

Nomination categories include:

 Adult Good Samaritan                                            Fire Fighter

Animal Rescue                                                        Law Enforcement

Aquatics                                                                    Medical Professional

Community Impact                                                   Military

Community Service                                                             Youth Good Samaritan

International Service                                              

Nominations are being accepted now through July 13, 2015. More information and nomination forms can be found on the Everyday Heroes Site.

The award ceremony will be held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on October 28, 2015, from 7:30am to 9:00am.


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Sign Up for the Leadership Development Camp


Southern Nevada High School students are invited to join Red Cross staff and volunteers for the Leadership Development Camp in Mountain Center, California. This is a week-long camp running from August 16-August 20, in which participants will learn leadership and teamwork skills, find new ways to give back to the community, meet diverse people and make lasting memories with new friends.

This camp is perfect for students who will be in high school, or starting high school, in the fall of 2015. Students from ALL southern Nevada high schools are invited to sign up. Not only is this a great opportunity to work on leadership, public speaking, marketing, time management, and planning skills, this is a great opportunity to meet other peers from different areas of southern Nevada.

Campers will be bussed to and from Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. The camp fee is $200 (camping at this location is normally $460). Applicants must have a current Red Cross account on Volunteer Connection. Click this link to create an account. For more information, please contact Tiffany Updike, Volunteer Service Officer for the Red Cross Nevada Region, at (702) 531-0232 or at

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May 8 Is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

May 8 is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. On this day, Red Cross Societies and Red Cross International Organizations around the world are reminded of their cohesion, and their unifying commitment: to alleviate suffering help people when they need it the most. The vastness of this network has been evident during the on-going humanitarian response effort in Nepal.

The global Red Cross network has mounted an international response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on the morning of April 25, 2015. The Nepal Red Cross is leading this effort because they have extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and play a leading role in the government’s contingency plan. Nepal Red Cross is skilled in providing first aid, search and rescue, blood to medical facilities in the capital and support to first responders.

More than 3,720 first aid volunteers have been deployed from around the world, and all affected districts have volunteers and staff in place. Nearly 22,000 tarps, 1,960 emergency relief supplies, 4,500 blankets and 231,200 aqua tabs have already been distributed to displaced families. The Red Cross has activated its logistics systems in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai to mobilize additional relief materials in the coming days. Field assessment teams have arrived in country, including an information management delegate deployed from the American Red Cross, and are doing assessments of the destruction. The American Red Cross has also donated an initial $5 million dollars and donors have raised an additional $8.8 million specifically for Nepal.

People who wish to support the victims of the Nepal Earthquake can visit and select the donate option for Nepal Earthquake Relief. People can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or contact the local Red Cross Nevada Regional HQ at (702) 791-3311. People can support our response to disasters big and small at home and around the world by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To donate specifically to those impacted by Nepal, text NEPAL to 90999.

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Become a Red Cross Giving Day Social Ambassador and Get a Red Cross T-Shirt

On Tuesday, June 2, the Red Cross will celebrate its first-ever Giving Day. It aims to be the largest single-day of fundraising in the organization’s history (outside of major disasters). The theme – All In 1 Day – will highlight how life can change when a disaster strikes.

In southern Nevada, Red Cross volunteers respond to a disaster, on average, every 19 hours. These volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because disasters can happen at any time. The Red Cross knows that things can go from good to bad all in 1 day. This national fundraising event will rally the public in support of the Red Cross mission and ensure residents in the community will have the provisions they need when they need it the most.

100% of donations made through the Giving Day website ( will go directly to supporting the Red Cross mission. You can help the Red Cross spread this message by becoming a Social Ambassador. Click here to find out more or visit If you sign up before and share this post before May 10 at 6 pm, you can email for a free Red Cross t-shirt.

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Donate Blood at One of These Location Near You

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in. Here in southern Nevada, the Red Cross supplies 9 of the 13 Las Vegas area hospitals with blood.

Blood and platelet donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session, but the need for blood is constant. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to summer to help alleviate this seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who come to donate blood between May 23 and May 25, 2015, will receive a limited-edition Red Cross-branded RuMe® tote bag, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Below, are a list of opportunities to give blood in your community.


5/28/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bowler Elementary School, 451 Vincen Leavitt Ave



5/7/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., City Hall, 240 Water Street

5/7/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., James I Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy.

5/9/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Albertson, 575 W. College Drive

5/19/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ethel M, One Sunset Way

5/20/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2350 Corporate Circle

5/31/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Chateau Calais, 975 Seven Hills Dr.


Las Vegas

5/5/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive

5/8/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South

5/13/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

5/14/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Titlemax – S Maryland Pkwy, 4749 S. Maryland Pkwy.

5/15/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., School of Massage Therapy, 2381 E. Windmill Lane

5/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Lowe’s, 851 South Pavilion Center Dr.

5/17/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120

5/18/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., UPS, 7120 Amigo St

5/19/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

5/21/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., GOWireless, 9970 W. Cheyenne Avenue

5/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., TitleMax, 5871 E. Lake Mead Blvd.

5/23/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Suite 10

5/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive

5/27/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Hyatt Place Las Vegas, 4520 Paradise Road

5/27/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

5/28/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Magic Grand Prix Las Vegas, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road

5/29/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Magic Grand Prix Las Vegas, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road

5/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N Durango Dr

5/30/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Magic Grand Prix Las Vegas, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road

6/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kaplan College, 3535 W. Sahara Ave



5/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Logandale Stake Center, 2555 N. St. Joseph St.



5/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Primex Plastics, 752 Turtleback Road


North Las Vegas

5/6/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne, 3200 E Cheyenne

5/18/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hacienda Hills Apartments, 2125 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

6/1/2015: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Cummins Rocky Mountain, 2750 Losee Rd


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