On the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, volunteers from six organizations, all members of the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes program, created hundreds of clean-up kits for fire victims at Greater New York headquarters in Manhattan.
“It was fitting that these corporate volunteers came together on the anniversary of 9/11 to give back to the community,” said Amanda Crabbe, Greater New York volunteer and youth services associate. “We thank them all for generously donating their time to help our neighbors whose lives have been turned upside down by disaster.”
The kits include cleaners, sponges, rubber gloves and more. Red Cross will distribute them to local residents affected by fires to help them clean their homes and start back on the road to recovery.
In the afternoon, volunteers from Zurich, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Colgate Palmolive put together kits. That evening, BlackRock, Grainger and Credit Suisse volunteers took their turn. With a total of 55 volunteers in attendance, 600 kits were made that day.
Sherry Singh, Yvette Gavidia and Gina Fonseca of Zurich found the experience, in Singh’s words, “uplifting.”
“It's nice to know that the Red Cross is there to give hope to people when they may feel like there is no hope at all,” she said.
"Being a part of the American Red Cross has been a fulfilling experience and continues to be,” Gavidia said. “Not only have I seen the fire kits puts to use, but the feeling of helping those in need is priceless."
Gina Fonseca of Zurich called the experience “truly rewarding.” She added that she found visiting Red Cross offices “inspiring, knowing that all the people around us were volunteers coming together for a great cause—to help others in times of great need."
Donna Chan, Vice President at BlackRock in the Internal Audit group, had an even more personal story to share. After Hurricane Sandy, she and her family were without power for over six weeks.
“The American Red Cross’s distribution of food, disaster clean-up kits, and other supplies were the only resources that my family and community had access to,” Chan said. “I will always be thankful for the volunteers from the Red Cross who made the difficulties of Sandy easier to cope with.”
Chan added, “The Red Cross’s programs to educate communities on disaster preparation and recovery are crucial. I am very happy that BlackRock has partnered with the Red Cross to give back to our communities and that I was able to participate in such an important volunteer event with my fellow employees putting together these crucial clean-up kits.”
The Red Cross thanks Blackrock and Zurich for generously donating the funds to purchase the materials for the kits.
The American Red Cross corporate volunteer program, Ready When the Time Comes, is designed to tap into corporate America’s expertise and desire to help people in need. The American Red Cross trains employees from partnering corporations and mobilizes them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes. Learn more.
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 or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.