Volunteers with our Disaster Action Team assisted eight people affected by two home fires in Peoria and one in Champaign, which sadly resulted in the loss of life, from May 3 through today.
Red Cross volunteers helped six adults and two children with health services, disaster mental health services financial assistance and information about resources to help them in their recovery.
A fire can take a home in as little as two minutes. Therefore, escaping in less than two minutes can be the difference between survival and tragedy. The Red Cross encourages everyone to talk to their children about fire safety to help families stay safe. We want to ensure families and children are prepared.
If you need assistance after a home fire or disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-844-319-6560.
Diverse Donor Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 12th in Bloomington Hosted by Black Fraternities
A diverse donor blood drive will be held on Wednesday, May 12th from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. inside the Old Navy Wing at the Eastland Mall, 1615 E Empire St, in Bloomington. The blood drive is hosted by Chi Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Nu Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; & Epsilon Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
A diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, including those battling sickle cell disease. The Red Cross encourages all eligible people from different ethnicities to donate, if they are feeling healthy and well. A patient in need is more likely to find a compatible blood match from a donor of the same race or a similar ethnicity. Schedule an appointment to donate here: https://rdcrss.org/33xdYkg
Volunteer Open House Recruitment Session
The Red Cross always needs volunteers. We are holding virtual open houses to provide more information and answer your questions about volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross. Virtual open house sessions will be held on May 20 and June 17 from 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Please register to attend here: tinyurl.com/RC-Illinois.
There are multiple positions available, including the ones listed below:
- Blood Donor Ambassadors and Blood Transportation Specialists
- Virtual Disaster Action Team members
- Duty Officers/Dispatchers
- Disaster Caseworkers
- Volunteer Recruitment Team Members
Please visit redcross.org to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
About the American Red Cross of Illinois The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri including Adams, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will, Williamson Winnebago, Woodford. Iowa: Lee, Muscatine, Scott and Van Buren. Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion and Ralls. 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 us at Redcross.org/Illinois or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossIL.