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Red Cross Chestnut Ridge Chapter Receives $10,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

The American Red Cross Chestnut Ridge Chapter received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS. The money will be used to help fund the purchase of a new all-wheel drive vehicle in support of the Red Cross’ Prepare Western PA Initiative.

"The flooding that occurred in Connellsville this past summer highlighted the need for the Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania to have vehicles capable of carrying supplies and personnel to areas that can be difficult to reach in disaster situations," noted Dana Bauer, Red Cross Chestnut Ridge Chapter Executive Director. "This extremely generous grant from The UPS Foundation will help us to secure a new vehicle that will enable us to better meet the goals established through our Prepare Western PA Initiative."

The American Red Cross Prepare Western PA Initiative is a three-year campaign to build resilient communities that are better prepared for and more able to respond to human suffering in times of life-threatening crises and disasters. Through this initiative, the Red Cross seeks to strengthen its disaster-response systems and capacity, engage and empower additional dedicated volunteers, and build community resilience through disaster preparedness outreach.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the American Red Cross Chestnut Ridge Chapter’s effort to more efficiently respond to disaster situations throughout the region," stated Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."