UUP's Service Spotlight page highlights the positive impacts that different clubs and organizations make in our community through service. Read about these clubs and organizations below!
Spotlight #1 - UCVTS Red Cross Club
The UCVTS Red Cross club organizes school-wide events that bring awareness to humanitarian conflicts. Focusing on overseas conflicts and the impacts of war, the International Humanitarian Law campaign shines light on current events through activities. The “Vaccinate a Village” service allows students to advocate and fundraise for vaccinations for measles and rubella. “The ARC’s dedication to preparedness and disaster relief, and its broader goals of humanitarianism all serve to enrich and support all Americans during times of need, and it empowers regular citizens to make meaningful change,” says club co-president Elizabeth Ni.
In 2020, the club hosted an on-campus blood drive in which 40 pints of blood were raised. Each pint is enough to save the lives of up to three individuals, including cancer, trauma, and burn victims. The drive also inspired UCVTS students to volunteer or donate blood regularly outside of school. The UCVTS Red Cross club is eager to organize more community events. In fact, another in-school blood drive will be held May 17, 2022. Anyone who is 16 and older is eligible to donate and encouraged to do so to help individuals in need of blood transfusions!
Other upcoming events include “Diversity Toolkit” and “Share My Story”, where the diversity of the Red Cross organization will be highlighted. On top of that, members can expect a Pride Month workshop that will address blood deferral procedures established by the Food and Drug Administration. They also are planning to implement “Prepare with Pedro”, which would work to provide disaster preparedness to kids in kindergarten to second grade, and the “Pillowcase Project”, which would do the same for students in grades third through fifth. Outside of their interesting variety of events, the Red Cross Club also plans on reaching more throughout Union County in order to increase their membership, open up doors to even more new opportunities, and strengthen the local community as a whole.
Of course, the Red Cross Club’s success has not come without any struggles. When the pandemic hit and the club had to switch to virtual, Oliva Muchnik, who is currently a Red Cross Club co-president and was the Volunteer Connection Coordinator of that time, as well as the officer team had to adjust to the club’s new format and figure out how to continue spreading their message and get students interested in humanitarianism. However, they were able to overcome this struggle through the Red Cross Cafe, in which they hosted various activities through Zoom, from cooking, to dancing, to even a virtual escape room! The people who took part in this had so much fun, and the club is planning to host something similar again this year. Aside from that event, the club members were also able to continue volunteering and supporting the community despite the different circumstances, which is commendable. At the end of the day, the members of the Red Cross Club work vigorously to motivate others and raise awareness about various aspects of humanity. From the activities they hold to the campaigns they host, they truly show how dedicated and passionate they are about what they are doing. They also show how unified they are in their efforts to make the world a better place based on what they have accomplished and the positive feedback they have received from their endeavors. As the years go on, Elizabeth hopes the Red Cross Club continues to “support marginalized groups and strengthen [the] local community.”