American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – May 2019
SAN DIEGO – June 4, 2019 – 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. In May 2019, 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 29 incidents, including 21 home fires
- Served 27 families including 78 individuals
- Provided canteen services four times in Imperial County to a total of 185 first responders
- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. - Signature Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation and home safety events were held across the United States between April 27 – May 12. The local Red Cross hosted an event on May 4 in Chula Vista, with 377 volunteers knocking on 5,000+ doors, installing 965 free smoke alarms and making 415 homes safer.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided 910 services to 1,820 military members, veterans and their families.
- Conducted 28 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 244 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- 198 Hug-a-Hero dolls were given to children of deploying parents.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 4,959 hours in May to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The May 2019 Volunteer of the Month recognized all 45 adult volunteers who participated in the Spring Youth Leadership Camp. While Red Cross Youth high school-aged campers were learning what it means to be leaders at the Red Cross and in life, they had the opportunity to observe tried and true leaders in our adult volunteers. The adult volunteers created and executed a simulated disaster response shelter complete with cots, meals and casework – just as would be done in the case of a wildfire, earthquake or any disaster that displaces families. The adults even worked an overnight shelter management shift keeping our “shelter clients” safe and comfortable through the night and they invested their wisdom and passion for serving clients into our young Red Cross leaders.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 20,557 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in May 2019.
- 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.
- Shelter of Hope – May 1-8. The 2019 Shelter of Hope campaign ran from May 1-8 and raised nearly $40,000 beyond the $500,000 goal. An Emergency Response Vehicle-turned disaster shelter traveled throughout San Diego County to raise funds and awareness for local Red Cross services.
- Annual Meeting – Wednesday, June 19 – 2-3 p.m. The Annual Meeting will be held at the Red Cross HQ in the boardroom and will revisit the region’s accomplishments of this fiscal year and formally announce and approve newly-appointed board members.
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, Twitter and YouTube.
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