Clark finds volunteer work for local Red Cross rewarding

Ruth Stevens

Princeton NJ -- As a member of Princeton's administrative staff for 28 years, Ray Clark served on his share of committees and boards. The University's treasurer emeritus says the board on which he currently serves is one of the best.



Clark has been on the board of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross for six years and has just completed two years as chair.

"It's tremendously rewarding to work with a group of people so dedicated to helping individuals in need," he says. "Whether it's responding to an emergency, training people in first aid or delivering meals and transportation, one cannot help but get excited about the work being done. Those involved in the Red Cross are committed to bringing a culture of caring to all things they do. I'm proud to be associated with this agency."

The Red Cross chapter is one of many area agencies supported by the United Way of Greater Mercer County. The University's annual campaign for the United Way runs through Dec. 15 (see box).

"When you work with a nonprofit entity like the Red Cross, one of the ways to measure success is by how much money the chapter effectively spends for programs," says Clark, who retired from the University earlier this year. "Our board is unanimous in its feeling that the communities we serve have more needs than we've been able to meet through our programs.

"So we've aggressively developed the capacity to better serve our communities by actually spending on an annual basis more than we're receiving in support," he continued. "In other words, we're spending our reserves. This was a conscious decision by the board because it is committed to finding ways to raise the funds needed. This year is one where we have to be successful or cut back in our programs."

This year, the Red Cross helped 301 families recover from the devastation of fires and other disasters by providing shelter, clothing and counseling. The chapter also was heavily involved in providing emergency services in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

In special drives and throughout the course of the year, the chapter collected 10,247 units of blood. Because each unit can help three people, the chapter estimates that it has been able to assist more than 30,000 emergency victims and surgery patients needing blood.

The Central New Jersey chapter also has delivered some 46,000 meals to the homes of people in need this year and provided 7,000 rides to those unable to find other means to get to doctor's appointments and grocery stores.

In addition, the chapter has provided more than 39,000 people with water safety and lifeguard training. It has trained thousands more in CPR and the use of defibrillators.

"Everyone has to make their own judgment about where their donations go," Clark says. "I urge the people at Princeton to remember the Red Cross."

He says that many people have donated funds to the Red Cross in the wake of Sept. 11. However, the need to support the vital day-to-day programs the chapter offers is also important, he says.

"We're very grateful for those donations, but they don't relieve the needs of our regular programs," he says. "I can give assurances that the funds donated to the Red Cross go to programs to help our communities. This organization really has the capacity to deliver services where they're needed."

Campus drive continues


The University's annual campaign in support of the United Way of Greater Mercer County runs through Dec. 15 on the main campus and takes place Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Campus volunteers are distributing pledge cards. Anyone who has questions or needs another pledge card should contact the departmental campaign volunteer, look at the United Way home page at <> or contact the main campus United Way coordinator, Karen Woodbridge, at 258-5656 or <>. Plasma physics employees should contact the lab's United Way campaign chair, Mary Ann Brown, at 125-3045 or <>.


December 3, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 11
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