The Central Virginia chapter of the American Red Cross has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Community Endowment Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to support the Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) program, Operation Enduring Support (OES).
The funding will enable the Red Cross to provide direct financial assistance to service members, veterans, and their families through the Operation Enduring Support program. OES provides vital, emergency financial resources to those who have served or are currently serving in the US military, to purchase basic necessities, such as food, baby diapers, household items, and other emergency basic necessities.
“When service members are deployed and their family income is reduced, or upon returning home, they are no longer eligible for active duty military benefits, many families find it difficult, if not impossible, to meet their financial obligations and buy the basic necessities of life,” states American Red Cross CEO, Lee Clark. “This support will assist those who have served our country and their families through financial burdens associated with active deployment or disabilities faced by our “Wounded Warriors’ as they return home and try to rebuild their lives and security for their families.”
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) is a permanent endowment dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.