Feb 11, 2020 9:20 PM

Red Cross to host open houses for anyone interested in volunteering

Posted Feb 11, 2020 9:20 PM
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Red Cross St. Joseph

by Sarah Thomack/St. Joseph Post staff

Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work that the American Red Cross does, according to the organization.

Peggy Gaines has been a Red Cross volunteer for 12 years. Gaines says the Northwest Missouri Chapter is especially in need of Disaster Action Team volunteers.

“People that will respond, day or night, to go and help families who have been through a disaster. It might be a home fire, any reason that a family is out of their home," Gaines tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. "Once you see a family go through this, you feel very fortunate to have what you have and if you can offer hope to those people, even if it's just holding their hand or giving them a hug or saying, 'We are going to help you,' and then we can do that, that means everything to that family."

Gaines says since December 1st, she's been a part of the response team to at least seven home fires just in St. Joseph. According to the Red Cross, there have been 15 fatal fires in the state of Missouri from November through January. In the Greater Kansas City and Northwest Missouri area, the Red Cross has responded to 11 fatality fires since July 1st.

They urge residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms and a fire safety plan. The Red Cross offers free smoke alarms for anyone who needs them and volunteers can help install them.

For more information on the Red Cross and about being a Disaster Action Team volunteer, anyone may attend one of the upcoming informational open houses at the St. Joseph Red Cross office, 401 N. 12th Street:

- 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18th

-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21st

-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10th

For more information, call the Northwest Missouri office at (816) 232-8439 or Carina Kagan at (314) 356-5725.

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Feb 11, 2020 9:20 PM
Cup of Joe celebrates five years of connecting entrepreneurs

by Sarah Thomack/St. Joseph Post staff

A group of entrepreneurs will celebrate five years of meeting and sharing ideas.

Cup of Joe started as a way to showcase entrepreneurs in St. Joseph and provide networking opportunities. The weekly meeting has hosted more than 480 entrepreneurs presenters over the past five years. 

Jeremy Eaton of The Jeremy Eaton Yoga has been one of those presenters and says it's helped him with his business.

“I’ve spoken at Cup of Joe three times now and every time I leave with something that I didn’t see before or I pilot an idea that I have, just to get it in front of a group of people and see what the reaction is," Eaton tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. “Sometimes you get really good suggestions about ways that you don’t normally see or that you’re blind to (when) running the business, so people offer suggestions on how to reach more people or how to bring in more revenue."

Miu Sutton with Card My Yard says Cup of Joe helped her as a new business owner and entrepreneur.

“This has become a group of supporters for me, a group of family, entrepreneurs that support entrepreneurs,” Sutton says. “So if I have any questions or I need to reach out to somebody, I can always come to Cup of Joe and ask them questions, pick their brain.”

To celebrate its five year anniversary, Cup of Joe will bring back some of the presenters from the past year to share an update. Those include Isaac Collins from Serv Nutrition, Bill Becker of MK Minerals, Heidi Klamm of Baked by Heidi, Joe Lane with Joetown Mini Golf, Jessica Estes with AR Workshop and Matt Wieners and Bruce Baker of Axe Factor.

Cup of Joe begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the St. Joseph Public Library by the East Hills Mall. Click here to visit Cup of Joe's website.