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Red Cross awarded grant for life-saving skills equipment


The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY) has received notification of a grant award from the John T. Sloper Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

This is the second year that ARCNENY has been awarded the maximum of a $2,500 grant in support of enhancing health and safety training in Dutchess County to be used at its Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, based in Poughkeepsie.

Last year the same grant funding allowed the Red Cross to purchase automated external defibrillator (AED) trainers and other materials for use in CPR training. AED’s are portable electronic devices that automatically diagnose potentially life threatening heart conditions. This year’s grant will enable the Red Cross’ Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter to purchase child and infant mannequins for use in first aid and safety courses.

“The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the John T. Sloper Community Fund Grants Committee were pleased to award this grant to the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region to support the purchase of child and infant mannequins to be used by the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter in Dutchess County. We wish ARCNENY continued success in the pursuit of their mission,” said Jennifer Killian, Director of Programs for Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Part of the Red Cross’ vision is to train as many people as possible in life-saving skills. The entire organization actively encourages people to get training and educate themselves on how to prevent and prepare for emergencies and disasters. Classes in first aid/CPR and other safety courses enhance community preparedness and individuals’ ability to act properly in emergency situations.

“This grant will expand our capacity to provide first-rate safety training courses to the residents of Dutchess County and we are extremely grateful to The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the John T. Sloper Community Fund Grants Committee for a second year of funding,” said John Wagner, American Red Cross Eastern New York Service Delivery Manager.

About the John T. Sloper Community Fund Grants Program:

The John T. Sloper Community Fund was established at the Community Foundation and endowed with the proceeds from the sale of Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service. Founded in 1958 by John T. Sloper, the company motto was: “That lives may be saved.” This fund was established to honor the legacy of John T. Sloper and the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, to promote and encourage people and organizations to provide emergency medical services, and to save lives.

About the Community Foundations:

For more than 40 years the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, your first resource for everything charitable ®, has been distributing funds from thousands of donors, connecting people who care with causes that matter. Last year the agency accepted more than $3 million in donations and distributed more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships.

The Community Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the Greater Hudson Valley, now and for generations to come. Created by community leaders as the Area Fund, the Community Foundation is a public nonprofit charitable organization established as a permanent resource to make our region a better place for all of us to live and grow…today, tomorrow and always. We work with anyone who wishes to ensure and improve the quality of life in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. We support a broad and diverse range of issue areas including the arts, education, community development, conservation, health, and human services. Our grant making is local, Hudson Valley-wide and national in scope. Representing thousands of donors through more than 525 separate funds that make up its endowment, your Foundation encourages a sense of community by channeling much-needed resources to area organizations.