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American Red Cross and Unitil Renew Partnership

The long-term partnership between the Red Cross and Unitil involves close collaboration on numerous educational, community development and volunteer opportunities...

Unitil, a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, and the American Red Cross of NH, Maine and North Central Massachusetts have renewed their partnership for the third year. Unitil and the Red Cross will work together to enhance their respective commitments to emergency response and community safety.

“We are incredibly proud to support the American Red Cross and its work to provide essential emergency and safety services,” said Carol Valianti, Unitil’s vice president of communications and public affairs. “As our partnership enters its third year, we look forward to expanding our efforts to increase safety awareness and provide meaningful assistance to those in our community who need our support.”

“The long-term partnership between the Red Cross and Unitil involves close collaboration on numerous educational, community development and volunteer opportunities—all intended to positively impact Unitil and Red Cross employees, as well as volunteers and to promote community resiliency for members of the communities they serve”, said Maria White, CEO Red Cross, NH.

Unitil is committed to supporting the Red Cross in its efforts to provide lifesaving blood products to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. In response to the constant need for blood donations, Unitil held three Red Cross blood drives in 2012 at which Unitil employees in Massachusetts and New Hampshire donated a total of 65 pints of blood.

Key areas of collaboration for 2013 will include:

Community Outreach:

  • Unitil and the Red Cross will continue to prepare joint public service announcements (PSAs) about power outage preparedness, downed wire safety and emergency readiness.
  • Its partnership with Unitil allows the Red Cross to determine whether shelters are needed in an emergency and where and when they should open.
  • Unitil and the Red Cross will use social media to share relevant PSAs and safety tips.
  • Training:

  • Unitil will continue to provide on-site power restoration and downed wire safety training to Red Cross volunteers to ensure their safety as first responders in an emergency.
  • Unitil employees receive additional disaster preparedness training, including Adult CPR/AED and First Aid training.
  • Volunteer opportunities:

  • Unitil employees are continually encouraged to support various volunteer efforts and projects at the Red Cross’s New Hampshire, Maine and North Central Massachusetts offices and in local communities.
  • Heroes Events:

  • Unitil will continue to serve as a prominent sponsor of these signature events, at which the Red Cross honors local heroes who have shown courage, kindness and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in the communities served by their local chapter.
  • Blood Drives:

  • Unitil will offer employees ongoing blood donation opportunities to help the Red Cross provide life-saving blood to accident victims, trauma patients, transplant recipients and those receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
  • American Red Cross Campaign Support:

  • Unitil customers will have a chance to make a difference, too. Unitil will continue to support all Red Cross outreach efforts throughout the year, from blood drives to volunteer opportunities, to the Red Cross’s annual holiday campaign. Unitil supports the Red Cross’s biggest annual campaign by including informational “buck slips” in correspondence to its 175,000 regional gas and electric customers.
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. Red Cross services are provided to all communities in New Hampshire. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, NH 03302-2528. Please consider joining us as we empower others to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies.

    About Unitil Corporation:

    Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices and technologies that lead to dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 101,700 electric customers and 73,700 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil’s non-regulated business segment. For more information about our people, technologies and community involvement please visit www.unitil.com.