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Red Cross Partnership with Grainger Gains National Recognition


The Ready When the Time Comes partnership between the American Red Cross and Grainger has been selected as one of five finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) 2011 Partnership Award.

The winner is selected by an online vote open to the public from September 19 through October 28.

The Partnership Award, one of four Corporate Citizenship awards from the BCLC, honors a company and a charitable organization that have exemplified success working together to address an important social issue.

W.W. Grainger Inc. is the founding sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes program, in which employees of participating companies and organizations are trained as Red Cross disaster volunteers to serve in an emergency.

“Grainger’s expertise in logistics, supply chain and product distribution keeps businesses running and is a crucial asset in times of disaster. It is only logical that the company has partnered with the American Red Cross. Together they are recognized for their work to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters,” said Stephen Jordan, U.S. Chamber BCLC Founder and Executive Director.

“Given that Grainger is the national founding sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes corporate volunteer program, which has trained nearly 14,000 employees from more than 460 organizations across the country ready to activate in a time of disaster, we are pleased that this business-nonprofit collaboration is a 2011 Best Partnership Award finalist.”

As a result of this program, now in its tenth year, more than 13,000 employees from 460 businesses and organizations in 52 cities have been trained as Red Cross disaster volunteers. Over the past two years, the number of trained volunteers has doubled and the program has been established in all critical disaster zones across the country.

Ready When the Time Comes teams of volunteers from a range of companies have been part of the Red Cross response to disasters this year, such as the deadly tornadoes that wrecked havoc in the South and Midwest, record-setting flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, or Hurricane Irene’s damaging from North Carolina to New England.

More on the Ready When the Time Comes program can be found in this video on the program.