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Protect Human Potential

Red Cross Offers Classes and Seeks Volunteers

By Ray Michaud

Ray Michaud

Ray Michaud

At any time you may be called upon to save someone's life. That someone may be a family member, a friend, a co-worker or even a bystander. Will you be prepared to answer that call? For nearly a century, the American Red Cross in the Mid Maine and Mid Coast regions has helped save lives by preparing citizens through a variety of health and safety classes.

As the new Health and Safety Director for the Mid Maine Unit and Mid Coast Chapter, I am committed to building a solid relationship with the community and increasing the quality of customer service that our Health and Safety program provides. My extensive background in customer service activities during my 20 years in the United States Air Force will help ensure a customer focus. Additionally, I bring a technical insight to my new position through many years of Readiness and Services Combat Training instruction and program management. I am very excited to be working at the Mid Coast Chapter, and look forward to contributing to its strong legacy of community service and preparedness.

We at the Red Cross are passionate about preparedness because of the many health and safety crises that can be averted with appropriate preparation and training. Did you know that approximately 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest? What about the fact that 75 to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home? How is this pertinent to you? Being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.

The Mid Maine Unit and Mid Coast Chapter offer several courses for community first aid and safety, as well as emergency preparedness. We schedule classes every month throughout the year so you can attend to learn lifesaving skills that teach you how to react during an emergency. Many of the classes are held at our Mid Coast Chapter headquarters at 16 Community Way in Topsham. However, for groups of six or more, we can arrange to hold a training session at your company's workplace or, if feasible, at an alternate community site. Additionally, for community courses in the Waterville area, interested participants can contact the Alfond Youth Center at 873-0684. Classes offered in Waterville and Topsham include Babysitting Training, using an Automated External Defibrillator, CPR, First Aid and even Pet First Aid. For the more advanced, CPR for the Professional Rescuer is available as well Wilderness First Aid.

We are a volunteer led, 100% donor-supported non-profit organization. We welcome the active involvement of the community in fulfilling our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergency situations. Specifically, our Health and Safety Department is in need of volunteer instructors. So, if you enjoy public speaking and want to share your skills with others, teaching Health and Safety classes may be right for you. The Mid Maine Unit and Mid Coast Chapter stand ready and willing to train interested candidates to become instructors. After completing the instructor certification course, you could be authorized to teach American Red Cross courses in a classroom setting.

Are you a behind the scenes type of person? Tracking course records, billing, developing program measurements, or working with the community to share Health and Safety information might be a great way to apply your administrative skills while assisting our dynamic, humanitarian mission. Your time is so valuable to us and we will honor any time you can afford, scheduled at your convenience.

Please contact us today if you are interested in learning more about ways you can become involved with your local Red Cross. You can call the Mid Maine Unit at 872-5642, email me directly, or visit the Mid Maine Unit and Mid Coast Chapter's web site.