Volunteers from The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, Columbia Gas, and East Toledo Family Center are coming together to pass out free community resource information to East Toledo residents this weekend. On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon these volunteers will canvass 1,000 homes near E. Broadway and Varland, offering educational assistance to help prevent home fires.
This first time event is coordinated by Americorps volunteer and Red Cross Community Preparedness Specialist Patricia Crawford. It features a variety of material from local nonprofit and government agencies including:
American Red Cross:
Lucas County Land Bank:
Lucas County Treasurer:
Toledo - Lucas County Health Department:
“The East Toledo area was chosen because of the high rate of home fires,” said Crawford, “We respond to disasters in the 43605 zip code often. In fact, it’s the fourth most effected zip code in Lucas County. Many of the fires are caused by the use of alternative heating sources. We thought this was an excellent opportunity to partner with other agencies and share valuable information to help residents become more financially stable and not resort to these other methods that can cause fires.”
The American Red Cross responded to more than 600 fires throughout Northwest Ohio last year. The most common causes of those fires were cooking accidents and using alternative heating sources inappropriately.
People interested in volunteering to canvass on Saturday morning can contact Crawford at the local Red Cross office at 419.329.2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 pm. Friday.
This is the first of a series of disaster preparedness canvassing planned throughout Toledo by the Red Cross. Additional locations will be added in the spring. Organizations interested in sharing material with residents at these future events can contact Crawford at email@example.com or 419-329-2557.