contributed by Lindsay Findley, Aiken County Chapter Executive Director
The American Red Cross, with help from corporations like Savannah River Remediation (SRR) and URS Corporation, will help present the first annual Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute to be held May 19 – May 24, 2012 at Francis Marion University.
SRR and URS have graciously offered to become lifesavers with a $5,000 sponsorship. With this gift, local staff and volunteers will be able to receive comprehensive leadership training to better serve the community when there is an emergency or other disaster. This promises to be a unique and creative program for educating those who will be front-line caregivers in natural catastrophes.
SRR and URS make meaningful contributions every year that strengthen the community. This partnership is essential to our moving forward and strengthening the American Red Cross, and we are incredibly appreciative.
The Institute is designed to ensure that Red Cross staff and volunteers have the opportunity to develop and become more prepared to respond to small and large-scale disasters down the street, across the country and around the world. In total, over 300 Red Cross volunteers and staff will be trained from seven states, including South Carolina.
This six-day Institute will be broken into three tracks, including, Executive Leadership, Development and Disaster Services. Attendees will receive advanced training in the following four core areas including Disaster Readiness, Chief Executive Officer Training, Disaster Fund Raising and Public Affairs .
The URS Global Management and Operations Services General Manager David Pethick says, “Safety is paramount in everything we do at URS and we are proud of our employees’ commitment to safety. In honor of their continued excellent safety performance, we are pleased to make this contribution to the Red Cross for this leadership institute.”
Dave Olson, SRR President and Project Manager, said the donation marks another opportunity for SRR to not just be a good neighbor, but to aid in the safety and health of others. “Our employees perform their high-hazard jobs safely every day,” Olson said. “SRR’s focus on safety is also important outside the boundaries of the Savannah River Site. For that reason, we wanted to help those who help others in the community, which we are pleased to do.”
For more information, about the Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute, please visit www.columbiarregionredcross.org/LeadershipInstitute.