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People’s United Community Foundation and Red Cross Partnering for Ready 365

Young man stands in the wreckage of a house destroyed by a tornado
The American Red Cross Connecticut is an indispensable partner

People’s United Community Foundation, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is partnering with the American Red Cross Connecticut through our Ready 365 Giving Program.  Ready 365 is a way for organizations to partner with the Red Cross to support our humanitarian mission, and stand with us as we provide lifesaving services to our community. As part of the partnership, People’s United Community Foundation has contributed $10,000 to the campaign.

“We’re grateful to People’s United Community Foundation for this generous gift and for becoming a Ready 365 Giving Program Partner in this region,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “People’s United Community Foundation’s partnership is key in helping us educate communities on how to be prepared for and recover from disasters.” 

The American Red Cross Connecticut is an indispensable partner that so many of our families, friends and neighbors rely on when an unfortunate disaster happens,” stated Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Community Foundation. “Through our partnership, we hope to better prepare individuals and families in the event of an emergency, and ensure that disaster victims’ immediate needs are met during the first few critical days of recovery.”

People’s United Community Foundation’s contribution will support American Red Cross emergency preparedness and response services in Connecticut.

“When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there to provide immediate assistance with housing, food and other emergency needs,” Bruno said. “Through this campaign, we work proactively to help families be better prepared for disaster like the residential fires that make up the majority of our local disaster responses.”

Last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 1,000 local disasters in Connecticut and Rhode Island – most of them residential fires. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will bring Red Cross volunteers into communities to educate residents about fire safety and fire escape planning, as well as to install smoke alarms free of charge.

Through the partnership, People’s United Community Foundation employees will have the opportunity to volunteer with the Red Cross. People’s United Community Foundation will also share safety information and tips from the Red Cross during the campaign.

About Ready 365:

Ready 365 Giving Program members are businesses that value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross; they want to deepen their commitment to our mission; and they are ready to help save lives every day of the year.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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 or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

About People’s United Community Foundation:

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.