SAN DIEGO – May 3, 2018 – The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties operates with the mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Throughout April 2018, the following key programs and services were provided throughout the region, which covers all of San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa:
- Responded to 28 incidents, with 26 of those being home fires
- Served 34 families, including 91 individuals
- Provided canteen services to Imperial County firefighters during one response, providing meals, snacks, and drinks to 54 firefighters and other on-scene first responders
- On April 28, nearly 200 volunteers came together in San Marcos for a Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation event, installing more than 1,200 free smoke alarms in 600 homes
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
- Provided 3,207 services to 2,340 military members, veterans and spouses
- Conducted 18 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests and reaching nearly 2,173 military and family members.
- Caseworkers conducted family follow up on 167 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $1,948 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
- Distributed over 400 Hug-a-Hero dolls to military children with deployed parents
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 6,832 hours throughout the month of April to aid the Red Cross mission
- The April 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Candace Powell. Candace joined the local Red Cross at the end of October and jumped in with both feet. She is the Casework Lead for the region, helping families as they recover from home fires or other disasters. Candace has taken on a huge role and positively impacted the disaster services department and the entire local Red Cross. She embodies the ideal qualities in a volunteer with her compassionate demeanor and commitment to those who need Red Cross assistance.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 23,699 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in April 2018
- For more than 40 years, the local Red Cross has administered the WIC program in San Diego County. WIC is a supplemental nutrition assistance program that provides families in the most vulnerable communities with access to nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community resources, and groceries.
- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. – Saturday, May 5 – San Ysidro: The Red Cross is holding another Sound the Alarm installation event on Saturday, May 5 in San Ysidro, installing free smoke alarms and going over escape plans with family members. Please visit soundthealarm.org/sandiego for more information or to request a free smoke alarm.
- Shelter of Hope – June 1-6 – six days, six locations, $500,000 fundraising goal: When disaster strikes, help can’t wait. The American Red Cross is there. From June 1-6, our local Red Cross CEO Sean Mahoney will live in a mock disaster shelter that travels throughout San Diego County, raising awareness and funds for the services provided by the Red Cross. The Red Cross relies on donations to support the community through disasters, big and small, every day. Help us provide the Shelter of Hope whenever it’s needed. We selected key locations and fun events for each day and welcome everyone’s participation! Find more information on upcoming Shelter of Hope activities at redcross.org/shelterofhope. For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please visit redcross.org/sandiego.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.