Posts Tagged ‘Red Cross’

American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

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IMG_7259.CR2 10/23/2014  --  8:04:38 (Josh Hawkins)


American Red Cross Servpro Golf Fundraiser

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IMG_6409.CR2 11/6/2014  --  9:34:55 (Josh Hawkins)

Servpro Golf Fundraiser


Everyday Heroes – Laurie Willmott

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Laurie Willmott is founder of "Spirit Therapies" offering therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs and military member with physical or mental challenges. (Josh Hawkins)

Laurie Willmott is founder of “Spirit Therapies” offering therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs and military member with physical or mental challenges. (Josh Hawkins)


Red Cross Blood Services Launch in Las Vegas

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This image is one of several, I need to do more tweaking on the others, from this morning’s first blood drive by the Red Cross in Las Vegas.

American Red Cross blood services employees for the Las Vegas area and the mobile donation center.

American Red Cross blood services employees for the Las Vegas area and the mobile donation center.


Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross

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American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter reception for Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. (Josh Hawkins)

American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter reception for Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. (Josh Hawkins)


2011 Las Vegas Lifeguard Games

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Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.Aaron Bame and Elmer Lopez (Josh Hawkins)

Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.


2011 Las Vegas Lifeguard Games

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Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross (Josh Hawkins)

Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross


2011 Las Vegas Lifeguard Games

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Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.Jr. Lifeguard with the City of Henderson, Ashlon (Josh Hawkins)

Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.


2011 Las Vegas Lifeguard Games

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Lifeguard games 2011 for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.Brandon Goodnough and Kiel Nabiker (Josh Hawkins)

2011 Las Vegas Lifeguard Games for the Southern Nevada Red Cross.


Red Cross Shelter Prep

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Obviously what is going on in Japan is much bigger than this was back in December, but we all have to do what we can for who we can when we can.  It much more complicated than that.

If you can, go the Red Cross, donate, help out, how you can, today.

Red Cross shelter in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross shelter set-up in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School.


Disaster Assessment Team

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Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days. The house to the left of this one was completely washed away.


Disaster Shelter Set-Up

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Red Cross shelter in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross shelter in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School.


Flooded Home in Beaver Dam, AZ

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Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days.


Looking Up After the Rain had Ended

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Red Cross disaster assessment teams preparing to go to Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross disaster assessment teams preparing to go to Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days.


Setting Up a Red Cross Shelter in Mesquite, NV.

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Red Cross shelter in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross shelter in Mesquite, NV at Virgin Valley High School.


Disaster Assessment

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Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days...The Emergency Response Vehicle goes over a former sandbag barricade on Beaver Dam Dr. while do disaster assessment. (Josh Hawkins)

Red Cross disaster assessment teams in Beaver Dam, AZ on December 23rd, 2010 after the flooding the occurred over the previous days...The Emergency Response Vehicle goes over a former sandbag barricade on Beaver Dam Dr. while doing disaster assessment.


Red Cross in Beaver Dam, AZ

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Red Cross handing out water in Beaver Dam, AZ after flooding

Tom Delux gets water from the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle. Tom is visiting his mother who leaves in Beaver Dam and there are four disabled people in the home he was getting water for.


Veteran’s Day

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Scott Emerson - CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter and Miss Nevada USA 2010- Julianna Erdesz at the 1ST Annual Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at Sunrise Vista Golf Course – Nellis Air Force Base.

Scott Emerson - CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter and Miss Nevada USA 2010- Julianna Erdesz at the 1ST Annual Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at Sunrise Vista Golf Course – Nellis Air Force Base.

Being on Nellis AFB for Veteran’s Day pretty much rocked.  There’s nothing like watching flights of F-15s land to perk up a morning.


Why I Volunteer

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Lifeguard Games for the Southern Nevada Red Cross

For years I’ve done volunteer work, volunteer work as a photographer.  For years I’ve read the arguments as to why this may not be a good idea, and they may be right, but for me, volunteering is the right decision in some cases.

I volunteer because it makes me happy.  That simple.  I love that it helps people out, whther that be people who are having a hard time, or people that could use hand, or helps the arts in it’s many forms.  The volunteering I do, I believe, helps people, makes people happier, and makes the world a better place, and that makes me happy.

I ultimately am a pretty simple man, I like to be happy.  If volunteering someplace, or someway, doesn’t make me happy, doesn’t give me a sense of fulfillment, then I don’t do it, and I don’t do it because it doesn’t make me happy.  That’s ultimately selfish, but that’s fine with me, I can live with myself knowing that.

I do the work when I can, and when I can’t I say “no”.  I say “no” to shoots whenever they conflict with something else I’d rather be doing with my day, or with work, because I need money too.  That’s one of the benefits of being a volunteer, being able to say “no”, being able to set the bounds that work for you.

Now the argument against doing this, and I’ve never read it as a hard argument, but more as something to seriously consider, is that there are other people in these organizations which are making money, are earning a living helping out these organizations.  Why shouldn’t the photographer, who is also providing a valuable service, get compensated?

I’ve done plenty of work for non-for-profits where I have gotten paid.  I’ve loved it when I’ve had that work.  I feel good, I feel like I’ve done something meaningful for the world around me and I’ve put food on my table.  It’s a total win situation.  It’s great, but again, why sometimes would I do essentially the same work and not get compensated?

I’m not going to say I shouldn’t get compensated, I’m not going to say any photographer, or person, shouldn’t get compensated, they should.  They totally should, but sometimes that just isn’t possible for everyone.  The world’s an imperfect place and there’s never enough money to go around, if there was the whole profession and basis of economics would come crashing down.  At some point I have decided, and I imagine many others have decided, that other forms of compensation are worth it.

I have long since decided, that in some cases, and only some cases, that the reward of the happiness I receive volunteering is worth doing the work.  I’d love to get paid, who wouldn’t?  But at the end of the day, between not doing the work and doing the work and being happy for it, I choose doing the work.

I enjoy going home, feeling happy, feeling fulfilled.  I’m happy with what I did.  And I volunteer so I can be happy, so I can be fulfilled, so I can be the person I want to be today.

And when that calculus changes, then I’ll move on, but that ain’t today.