Constellation Brands, Inc. and its employees joined together to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross in support of their California wildfire relief efforts. The gift, which was raised through a two-to-one company match on all employee donations from September 15-25, was presented during a ceremony at Constellation Brands’ headquarters in Victor Tuesday afternoon.
“I am honored to accept this incredible gift from Constellation Brands and its employees on behalf of all of the Red Cross volunteers who continue to provide relief and support to the thousands of Californians affected by these devastating wildfires,” said Jeremy Bagley, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter. “It is humbling to once again see this community come together to support our neighbors in need.”
“This collaborative effort shows how committed our employees are to giving back to their communities," said Rob Sands, President and Chief Executive Officer, Constellation Brands. "While none of our wineries or vineyards were directly affected by the wildfires, many of us have friends and neighbors who were. We hope that our donation will help Northern California recover from the devastating fires.”
The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, meals, relief supplies and support to people in California after destroyed more than 1,700 homes. Working with community partners, the Red Cross has provided over 11,000 overnight shelter stays and served more than 100,000 meals and snacks since the response began in September. As residents return home, volunteers are distributing cleaning, hygiene and comfort items, including water, snacks, non-perishable meals, and clean-up items such as gloves, buckets, trash bags and dust masks. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with affected families to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies, and trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help residents deal with the emotional aspect of this disaster.
Three volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region deployed to California to assist in the wildfire relief efforts.