Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation together will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Iowa Region in support of disaster relief efforts and the organization’s Century of Service in Iowa.
“We are so grateful for Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation’s continuous support of the Red Cross and their commitment to investing in the future,” said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive of the Red Cross Iowa Region. “Their generous gift enables the Red Cross in Iowa to prepare for the next century of service, including building our resources and training our volunteers to prepare for and respond to disasters in our communities”
For the second year, Nationwide has committed to being the title sponsor for the Heroes of the Heartland event in central Iowa on April 8, 2016. The Nationwide Foundation, which has a mission “to improve the quality of life in communities in which a large number of Nationwide members, associates, agents and their families live and work,” continues its support of disaster preparedness and relief efforts in Iowa.
“Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation are proud partners of the American Red Cross and honored to support the Iowa communities where so many of our associates live and work,” said Chad Jester, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and president of the Nationwide Foundation. “We are committed to being there when our members and the community need us most.”
History of the American Red Cross Iowa Region
In the spring of 1916, as tensions escalated in the United States about World War I, local visionaries saw the need to bring the services of the American Red Cross to Iowa. Red Cross chapters were established in Cedar Falls, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry County, Muscatine and Webster County. Iowa led all the states in the number of Red Cross chapters formed by June 1917!
Over the course of the next century, Red Cross volunteers provided support for members of the military and veterans during and after every U.S. war; launched programs to teach water safety, CPR, first aid, disaster preparedness and other lifesaving skills; and provided aid during disasters large and small - here in Iowa, across the country and around the world.
The American Red Cross in Iowa will celebrate the Century of Service all year in 2016 through a variety of events and campaigns that aim to honor the contributions of the Red Cross and its volunteers and build the foundation for another 100 years of service in Iowa.
To find out more about each event, visit www.redcross.org/iowacentennial.