The Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and St. Luke’s Community House are thrilled to announce their new “Ready Nashville” partnership, thanks to a generous grant from the HCA Foundation. The “Ready Nashville” initiative will kick-off a yearlong partnership between the two organizations to help make the community a safer and more prepared place for people to live, work and play.
“The cornerstone of this partnership is to promote readiness throughout the year through a variety of different ways such as teaching fire safety, CPR and babysitting skills, and disaster preparedness training,” said Red Cross Regional CEO, Joel Sullivan. “We have successfully worked with St. Luke’s in the past for our ‘Save-A-Life Saturday event’ and look forward to continuing this collaboration over the next year through a series of preparedness events.”
A few of the proposed initiatives that are currently in the planning stages include:
- “Build a Kit, Make a Plan”: A bi-annual event to be held at St. Luke’s Community Center to host a lunch or dinner geared toward preparedness education for adults.
- “Race to Prepare”: A bi-annual event with the St. Luke’s Community Center geared towards preparedness education for children and youth.
- “Save-a-Life Saturday”: St. Luke’s Community Center will host free, full certification Red Cross CPR classes for the community two times per year.
- “Babysitters Training”: This event would be a free summer training session with St. Luke’s and local high schools in the area to train teens in babysitting training skills.
- “Infant CPR Training”: A free training course would be offered to the St. Luke’s daycare team as well as other caregivers in the community.
- “Fire Prevention / MLK Day of Service”: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2015, Red Cross, St. Luke’s, and HCA would sponsor a Community Fire Safety 'Knock and Walk’ in coordination with the local fire department. Volunteers would deliver fire safety door hangers to local communities identified at high-risk for home fires.
“Beginning with the flood of 2010, St. Luke’s and the American Red Cross united together in order to serve the West Nashville Community in a time of critical need,” said St. Luke’s Interim Executive Director, Ryan LaSuer. “We look forward to renewing this partnership by providing a series of trainings that will empower and galvanize our neighbors to face whatever the future holds.”
The HCA Foundation’s investment into “Ready Nashville” follows previous support and generosity to both the Red Cross and St. Luke’s.