Monthly Archives: June 2013

The American Red Cross Southeastern PA is looking for one or two talented, reliable, and mission driven video production interns for the Spring 2014. (mid January through late April-early May.)

Here’s your chance to create videos about a great organization and its wonderful people.

You’ll have the opportunity to shoot and edit stories about responses to local disasters like fires, hurricanes, floods, etc. You’ll meet some of the most amazing people and get to document their work.

You’ll create videos seen by hundreds of people, possibly thousands of people, many of them some of Philadelphia’s most influential leaders. It’s very possible your videos will appear on the national Red Cross disaster newsroom blog.

You’ll be helping one of the world’s most recognized brands get the message out about its work.

And you’ll have fun.

Go to to check out the kind of videos you’d be shooting and editing.  You may also have the chance to work on a feature length documentary about our one of a kind Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery.

Below is a description of the position and the skills we are seeking. College credit is not required, but highly preferred.

Video Production Intern

Purpose: The video production intern will work to produce and edit videos for the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania that will be seen by many high level and influential leaders in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental worlds.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Enthusiastic about supporting the American Red Cross mission
  2. Filming/editing/selecting video and sound bites and/or creating graphics to make a video anywhere from 45 seconds to 8 minutes long which will be used for a variety of internal and external events and promotion
  3. Digitizing video clips and organizing them on internal servers. Ability to convert and save clips from Mac to PC and vice versa crucial.
  4. Helping to manage our YouTube Channel
  5. Assistance with special events, depending on the time of year, including media and client outreach ahead of events, setting up signage, social media during events, escorting of media and VIPs, filming interviews for Chapter, social media videos, etc.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Editing and videography skills a must, experience with Adobe Creative Suite highly preferred.
  2. Must have access to editing and videography equipment capable of handling a variety of digital formats, plus microphone and lighting.
  3. Must be reliable and professional with dependable access to transportation (car or public transit)
  4. Working knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and/or Vimeo.
  5. Must be able to handle multiple tasks at once.
  6. Ability and flexibility to work odd hours when necessary for special events with advanced notice or disaster response with possibly little to no notice.
  7. Must go through interview process, complete American Red Cross volunteer application and pass background check.
  8. Commitment to the Red Cross mission of helping to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
  9. Creative vision with the ability to turn vision into results.
  10. Work under tight deadlines and occasional stressful circumstances
  11. Ability to work collaboratively, yet sometimes be able to work with little supervision.
  12. Excellent project management skills.
  13. Writing experience a plus
  14. Calm demeanor.

Reports to: Communications Manager and Chief Communications Officer

Time Commitment: Ideal candidate can commit to 12-20 or more hours a week on a set schedule with flexibility for early and later special events. Schedule and hours are negotiable as related to requirements for intern credits.  Internship lengths are negotiable with candidate and requirements for intern credits. Ideal length would be mid January through late April-early May

This is an unpaid internship but may qualify for college credit.

To apply, send resume and letter to

Red Cross CupBasking in the glow of the U.S. Open that got the entire area excited about golf?

Here’s your chance to get a taste of what Tiger, Rory, and Phil get to enjoy.

Whether you play golf often or your game is of the miniature variety, at the 11th Annual Red Cross Cup on June 24 at Waynesborough Country Club hosted by the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Plenty to do, great people to meet, bucolic PGA Tour Championship golf course setting, beautiful surroundings… your win is just a swing away.

For players, the tournament format is a shamble (Best drive – three drives per player). Traditional tournament competitions such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the Hole in One Challenge will also take place for awards and bragging rights. For observers, there’s full access to club facilities, lunch, a silent auction and a dinner and awards reception in the evening.

Be A Part of the 2013 Red Cross Cup on June 247339440504_e5c363d426
Just a few days away, the success of special events, like the Red Cross Cup, is directly attributed to the generosity of our event sponsors. You are our 5-to-1 favorite as soon as you register.

How You Help What We Do
The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania relies on individual, corporate and foundation support to help provide compassionate care for nearly 4 million people in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas. In 2011-2012, our chapter:

  • Responded to 733 disasters, including 677 fires; Housed 945 people, including 347 children – for an average 3-week stay – at Red Cross House
  • Supported 1,077 of America’s military families by providing 1,747 Services
  • Lifesaving blood supplier
  • Health & Safety Courses: Trained 113,355 participants in lifesaving techniques
  • As part of international humanitarian network, Traced 15 Cases
  • And much more!

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

submitted by: Fran Lynch, volunteer

American Red Cross Southeastern PA Emergency Services Director Leo Pratte helps coordinate the Red Cross response to Philadelphia building collapse

The building collapse at the Salvation Army Thrift Store just around the corner from our American Red Cross office is a terrible tragedy. Because it happened to the Salvation Army, one of our long standing friends and partners in times of disaster, it hits extra close to home.

When tragedies like what happened Wednesday happen, the first question I get from the media is “What’s the Red Cross doing?”

Because no homes were affected and there weren’t any evacuations, my initial instinct was to say “Nothing yet.” I ultimately didn’t say that, but I should know better than to even think it. That’s because the Red Cross did do and is doing a lot.

Yes, it’s not the traditional role you think of when you think of the Red Cross responding. We didn’t set up a shelter and feed dozens of people displaced by a fire or hurricane or flood. We weren’t explaining how to prepare for an impending emergency. What we were doing, though, was equally as vital and something the Red Cross has always done and done well; we supported the first responders and provided emotional comfort to those immediately affected by the disaster. In the case of the building collapse, that involved giving water, food, and a place to rest for the firefighters and other search and rescuers.

Search crews at the scene of the building collapse in Philadelphia take a lunch break at the American Red Cross comfort station.

The Red Cross even provided a much deserved water break for one of the rescue dogs.

Phoenix, one of two rescue dogs working the scene of the Philadelphia building collapse gets a much deserved water break thanks to the American Red Cross.

For members of the Salvation Army dealing with the loss of friends, co-workers and customers, we provided arms to hugs, shoulders to cry on, and ears to listen. To the community at-large, we offered counseling for those having trouble coping with the tragedy.

The Red Cross chips in wherever and whenever needed. No two disasters are the same. Needs are never the same. What makes the Red Cross so good at what it does is its unending ability to meet the needs at that particular moment and change when the needs change.

As a communications person with the job of telling the Red Cross story, explaining how we are feeding and sheltering people is more high profile. It generates greater media interest. Explaining “canteening” and emotional support is more nuanced and less flashy, but critical just the same. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that.

If I always remember that, whenever I’m asked “What’s the Red Cross doing,” I’ll never again be tempted to say “nothing yet.”