Purdue University Global has formed a partnership with the American Red Cross to launch a first-of-its-kind societal engagement club. Leveraging its platform and national enrollment, Purdue Global students from across the country will collaborate on Red Cross service projects.
Organizers of the new club want to help the humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the U.S.
“The wonderful thing about virtual clubs is students can help from anywhere, and they don’t need to help in-person,” said Patti Pelletier, senior director of learning and leadership community for Purdue Global. “They can help promote blood drives by getting the word out on social media, set up an online fundraising campaign for disaster relief or even just give an online talk to share what the Red Cross does.
Pelletier, who came-up with the concept, says Red Cross Clubs will empower individuals with knowledge and lifesaving skills to help prepare them to respond to emergencies.
“Another option is being a virtual disaster relief volunteer, where you can directly support disaster relief efforts from your computer,” said Pelletier.
The pilot club is being supported by the American Red Cross of Northern New England, which serves the residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
“What we develop in Northern New England could become a model used at colleges and universities across the country,” said Pelletier.
Pelletier says the partners hope students who are seeking their degree will also get a fundamental understanding of the Red Cross and then stay involved in their local communities.