For nearly 80 years, U.S. presidents have proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. Throughout March we recognize the coming together of local supporters – loyal donors and volunteers – who continue to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
“We’re very grateful for our generous supporters,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “The coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges this past year and our Disaster Responder and Ready 365 members continue to step up and serve as vital partners to help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day.”
Through this partnership, member organizations make an annual financial commitment and many partners double their impact by donating their time and volunteering. Our partners host blood drives to meet the demand for blood and blood products, participate in home fire preparedness activities and share Red Cross health and safety information through their networks.
The lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is powered by a workforce of more than 90% volunteers and generous donors. Each year, the Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island serves more than 4.5 million people, responds to more than 1,000 disasters, provides health and safety training to more than 48,000 residents, collects more than 101,000 units of blood, and uplifts more than 2,400 military families by offering emergency communications, support services and access to emergency financial assistance.
The current members of the Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Disaster Responder and Ready 365 programs are:
Disaster Responder: Avangrid Foundation; Raytheon Technologies
Ready 365: American Savings Foundation; Amica Insurance; Cigna; ConnectiCare; Connecticut Apartment Association; Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority; CVS Health; Deep River Snacks; Duracell; General Reinsurance Corporation; Joseph S. Stackpole Charitable Foundation; Katharine Matthies Foundation; National Grid; Nestlé Waters North America; Pitney Bowes; Purdue Pharma; Rhode Island Foundation; Sayles and Maddocks Family Foundation; The Champlin Foundation; The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation; The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.; The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; The ZAC Foundation; United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; United Way of Greater Waterbury; United Way of Southeastern Connecticut; Webster Bank; Wells Fargo; William & Alice Mortensen Foundation; World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Organizations interested in helping the Red Cross stand ready and prepared, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/about-us/community-partners.html for annual giving program opportunities.
About the American Red Cross:
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 redcross.org/ri or visit us on Twitter at @RIRedCross.