There isn’t a household in America that hasn’t benefited from the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. This is the reason why we are thrilled to present our second Northeast WI Regional Report to the Community.
This past year, we have grown significantly as a Region. We have streamlined operations, implemented our strategic plan and are planning individual Chapter and regional growth to serve the Northeast WI Region including the Michigan border communities even better.
You no doubt-ably know we provide emergency assistance. But did you know our volunteer teams are called into action more than every-other day? Around the clock, our trained volunteers provide the basic need services to help individuals and families weather the storm. More than 90% of our emergency responses are for residential fires. Sadly, most could be prevented. However, through thick and thin, all our disaster assistance is free just when people need a little help the most.
We supported more than 2,500 military families through emergency messages, transportation, and pre-deployment briefings. In addition, our work at the Oscar G. Johnson Hospital and Outreach Clinics in Iron Mountain, MI along with The King Facility in Waupaca, WI is year-round and expanding thanks to continued grant funding and our dedication to support Veterans and their families.
Our Health & Safety training spans from youth to senior education. With more than 44,000 trained in life-saving skills, we have saved countless lives. Our work isn’t over, kids still drown, not every business has individuals certified in life-saving skills, nor does every household. Our goals are high. A few hours in a class could mean the difference between life and death. You will learn more about being Red Cross Ready in the coming months.
Building upon our nursing tradition, we are now offering Nursing Assistant Training at two Chapters. We’re thrilled to teach, certify and license the current and next generation of health-care providers.
Our community programs are unsung heroes. These programs focus on un-met needs within individual communities. For example:
• Lakeland Chapter provided nearly 67,000 rides to for those 60+ or with a disability to get to needed medical, employment and other appointments.
• Neenah-Menasha Chapter provides an emergency food pantry.
• Outagamie Chapter Shopping & Errands program helps senior, homebound and/or disabled with services so they can remain in their home.
• East Central WI Chapter administers the Bridges program to support heating, rental and emergency funding for residents, transportation, Senior Friends and a medical equipment loan program to more than 10,000 clients. With tough economic times, the demand is unparallel, the stories are sobering and the need is great.
Every two seconds someone in the USA needs the gift of life. By collecting 34,549 units of blood, our supporters saved thousands of lives. This easy self-less act, gives so much to someone you may never know. We’re proud to provide nearly half the nations blood supply.
The American Red Cross is a dynamic organization that has served the country since 1881. With this being said, it’s amazing to learn that much of what is accomplished 24/7/365 is done by countless volunteers whom donate time, energy and knowledge. Each volunteer has their own story, their reason for giving back. It’s our honor to call them our partners and brand ambassadors.
We are proud of our story and we can’t wait to share more of it with you. We welcome your questions, comments and can provide additional details, photograph and welcome a whole gamut of story-lines and interview options. We welcome your call at 920-642-0404 or e-mail at Barbara@ecw-redcross.org as does each Chapter Executive.
Happy New Year!