Red Cross Media Inquiries
Contact: Jonathan McNamara
Phone: (804) 396-0162
RICHMOND, Tuesday, March 25, 2014: The American Red Cross, Eastern Virginia Region is proud to announce that Dominion Resources has agreed to be the first corporate sponsor to join the organization's new giving initiative known as the “Circle of Friends.” Dominion’s contribution of $25,000 is the first gift in an effort to raise $125,000 to fund the Red Cross Disaster Recovery Re-engineering initiative with the goal of an improved method of service delivery while continuing to provide disaster support and prevention education. The goal of the campaign is to secure at least four other corporations in the region to step up to become a part of the Circle of Friends.
“The Red Cross relies on its donors to perform its mission of relieving human suffering following disasters both big and small,” said Reginald Gordon, CEO for the Eastern Virginia Red Cross. “Dominion’s gift to the Circle of Friends will enhance our ability meet the complex needs that our clients face after experiencing a disaster. Thanks to this new initiative we feel confident that we will be able to enhance our ability to ensure a better strategy for community resilience.
“Dominion is pleased to partner with the American Red Cross on this initiative to help families recover with more intense intervention,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “We are long-standing supporters of the American Red Cross and applaud this new component of their service.”
The grant is given by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.
Funding the Re-engineering Initiative allows for concentrated support of disaster victims during the recovery phase after a disaster. Currently, the Red Cross provides an initial response of three days of support which includes shelter, food, clothing, and medical supplies and then works with client to develop a long term recovery plan untilizing a variety of resources available in the community. This initiative establishes a case management system that will coordinate multiple services and partnerships to address long term issues associated with the disaster and work to support families for up to two weeks. In 2013, the Eastern Virginia Region served 1070 families with close to 75 percent of them requiring additional support and more intensive recovery services after exhausting the initial support they received.
For more information about how the Red Cross responds to disasters visit redcross.org
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia Power. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information about Dominion and the Dominion Foundation, visit www.dom.com.
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