FMU Hosts Inaugural Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute
Wednesday, 05 June 2013
The American Red Cross partnered with Francis Marion University and the Konduros Fishermen Fund to present the inaugural Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute. A news conference was held at Francis Marion University in February to announce this exciting initiative to the community.
The Rachel Hodges Leadership 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 were trained at the Institute.
This six-day Institute was broken into three tracks including, Executive Leadership, Development and Disaster Services. Attendees received advanced training in the following four core areas:
Disaster Readiness - planning and response to major disasters
Chief Executive Officer Training - responding to community needs during times of disaster
Disaster Fund Raising
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.