SAN DIEGO – June 4, 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 May 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 24 of those being home fires
- Served 41 families, including 115 individuals
- Provided canteen services three times, providing more than 200 meals to first responders.
- On May 5, more than 280 volunteers came together in San Ysidro for a Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation event, installing 765 free smoke alarms in 357 homes.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
- Provided 1,770 services to 1,158 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted 11 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests and reaching more than 920 military families. Presented six resiliency Workshops engaging 58 military family members.
- Caseworkers conducted family follow up on 169 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $6,942 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 7,078 hours throughout the month of May to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The May 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Ari Cervantes. Ari has been a Red Cross volunteer since December 2014. She serves on the front line, greeting and assisting visitors at our front desk with a giant smile and positive attitude. She also helps the Administrative Department and Volunteer Services Department with various projects. She is dedicated to the Red Cross mission and travels from afar to volunteer twice a week.
- Shelter of Hope – June 1-5 – five days, five locations, $500,000 fundraising goal. When disaster strikes, help can’t wait. The American Red Cross is there. From June 1-5, 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. Find more information on upcoming Shelter of Hope activities at crowdrise.com/shelterofhope.
- Annual Meeting – June 27 at 2 p.m. The local Red Cross Board of Directors will hold the Annual Meeting to recap the accomplishments of the past fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), approve newly appointed board members and formally accept the slate of officers for a two-year term. This meeting is open to the public.
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.