American Red Cross volunteers responded to 37 home fires across Chicagoland from June 7 through today in Berwyn, Blue Island, Carpentersville, Evanston, Monee, South Holland, Streator and more, including 19 home fires that occurred in Chicago.
On Saturday, our volunteers were on site assisting 28 residents, including two children impacted by a fire at a multi-unit apartment building in Calumet City. Disaster Action Team members provided assistance with temporary housing, meals, health services, disaster mental health services, financial assistance and information about recovery planning.
In the past week, Red Cross volunteers provided care for a total of 88 individuals, including 55 adults and 33 children affected by home fires in Chicagoland.
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 American Red Cross encourages everyone to talk to their children about fire safety to help families stay safe and prepared.
If you need assistance after a home fire or disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-877-597-0747.
Severe Blood Shortage: Sign Up to Give Blood Today
Right now, the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.
As a thank-you, those who come to give June 14-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
Today is World Blood Donor Day, you can help many patients in need by scheduling an appointment to donate blood.
Become a Red Cross Volunteer - Join us to provide relief and care wherever it’s needed — today and for years to come by becoming a volunteer. To find out more about available positions, visit redcross.org/volunteer or attend our upcoming volunteer virtual open house recruitment session where we can answer any questions that you may have. The virtual open house session will be held June 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Please register 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
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.