Corporate Partners Help Red Cross Fulfill Mission

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Aon employees pack Fresh Start Kits to donate to the American Red Cross North Jersey Region. (Photo courtesy of Aon)

"The core of any corporation's citizenship is how its business contributes to society and to the communities where its colleagues live and work," said Greg Case, Aon plc president and chief executive officer.

The American Red Cross depends on the generosity of volunteers to fulfill its mission. In New Jersey, there are a number of community-minded corporations whose employees volunteer with the Red Cross North Jersey Region to help bring programs and services to those in need.

Aon partners with the American Red Cross year-round to create safer, more resilient communities. In 2013, Aon invested nearly $700,000 in support of the American Red Cross’ lifesaving mission. As an Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) member, Aon makes an annual contribution of $500,000 to help ensure the Red Cross has the resources it needs to prevent, prepare for and take immediate action when a disaster strikes. In addition, many Aon offices support local Red Cross programs and special events.

“We are grateful for the support of our corporate partners,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The effects of their generosity and the volunteer efforts of their employees can be felt in communities across the region.”

Recently, a group of employees from Aon’s Bridgewater and Somerset offices collected items for and assembled Fresh Start Kits, which help local families affected by home fire and flooding. Aon employee and Red Cross of Central New Jersey board member Sean Andersen delivered five-gallon buckets containing household cleaning items such as paper towels, rubber gloves, disinfectant and sponges.

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“When home fires displace families, the Red Cross helps with emergency assistance and many may need a ‘fresh start’ in their home,” said Michael Prasad, disaster support functions director, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The Fresh Start Kit is designed to get families started with some essentials right away to help them get back on their feet.”

Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 486 disasters, including home fires, flooding and severe storms. Disaster Action Team volunteers provided emergency assistance to 1,130 families, offering comfort and meeting urgent needs such as shelter, food, and clothing, as well as referrals and mental health services.

In June, Aon teamed up with the Red Cross for Aon’s Global Service Day, a company-wide initiative where employees volunteer their time and efforts to support charity partners. Ten Aon employees visited Alzheimer’s patients at a local veterans’ hospital where they spent the day socializing with the veterans and accompanied them to a musical performance at the facility. 

“It was a great opportunity to spend time with men and women who have given so much to our country,” said Andersen. “It was nice to be able to bring a smile to their faces and share our appreciation for their sacrifices.” 

Aon’s Global Service day also featured a social media campaign in partnership with the Red Cross to raise funds for a children’s vaccination program in Mali. For every Global Service Day post by an Aon colleague to Instagram, Twitter and Aon’s internal Yammer network, Aon donated $1 to provide a Measles or Rubella vaccination for a child in Mali. The campaign is expected to raise $10,000 towards this effort.

The core of any corporation's citizenship is how its business contributes to society and to the communities where its colleagues live and work," said Greg Case, Aon plc president and chief executive officer.

BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER – There are a variety of ways people can get involved and the Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Join us!

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 redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 486 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,240 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

ABOUT AON 

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 66,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world’s best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon’s global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.