Monday, October 19, 2009

Connect with the Greater Chicago Red Cross

One might not think that staying connected is a difficult thing to do these days, with all of the online channels we have to stay in touch. We here at the Greater Chicago use many of these channels so our volunteers, donors and staff can stay connected with each other. If you haven't already, you should follow us on Twitter, become our Fan on Facebook and subscribe to this blog so you can keep current with everything that's happening with our chapter.

One of the other ways we make sure our followers stay updated with us is through our chapter Web site at We use this site to communicate upcoming events and information that people might find useful. You can find news about the chapter, including our press releases and media mentions. We also post information about events such as Flirting for Disaster and the Heroes Breakfast so you'll know all the details about attending them or getting involved.

While getting all this info is important, we know many of you out there are interested in becoming directly involved with the Red Cross. So we also use the Web site (and many of our other channels) to promote volunteer registration and the classes we offer.

We are always looking for ways to engage those who are interested in speaking with us. We recently produced a video campaign to increase the number of digital footprints we had in the Chicago Marathon Digital Footprint Competition through Bank of America. Our YouTube channel is one outlet we're working to improve so we can deliver compelling messages to our followers in new and appealing ways.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for us. We're always looking to connect with people in the community, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on the issue! Thanks for following us and staying current!

1 comment:

Erica said...


I hope this email finds you well.

I work at a University in Boston and every year our student alumni association organizes a teddy bear drive during the holidays. They ask alumni all over the country to send teddy bear donations in November and December (until mid December). Last year they collected 1100 bears so as you can see if is a very successful program. This year our alumni chapter in Chicago would like to be a part of our program and really try to encourage alumni in the area to participate. We thought it would be most appealing for alumni to donate to a local non profit in Chicago, rather than sending their teddy bears to Boston to be donated to a non profit here. So currently we are looking for a non profit in Chicago to donate the bears to. Please let me know if we can donate to the Red Cross. Below is a little bit more about the program, called Husky Hugs.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Erica Rosenthal

Husky Hugs:
Entering its third year in 2009, Husky Hugs is a program dedicated to bringing a smile to the faces of children in need of an extra hug during the holidays.

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Student Alumni Association (SAA) will be asking members of the Northeastern University community to purchase teddy bears and donate them for distribution to several charities during the upcoming holiday season. Last year, we were able to bring smiles to over 1100 children across the country with the teddy bear donations.