Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chambersburg Fire Safety Event

Close to 20 people from the Red Cross, Chambersburg Fire Department, and Bopic, Inc. came together in Chambersburg as part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Working in teams the group canvassed the community, installing close to 150 smoke detectors and educating the residents on the importance of fire preparedness.

Friday, August 14, 2015

PACB Donates $74,000 to The American Red Cross

Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) Executive Committee presented The American Red Cross with a check for just under $74,000 during a special presentation at the Red Cross Office in Harrisburg on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The donation, which will be used to support Red Cross disaster services in Pennsylvania, came from a fund originally intended to provide relief for Johnstown Flood victims. After years of inactivity on the account, PACB decided to broaden the scope of this investment to help current disaster victims and made the gift in support of our efforts in the community.

“The community banking industry in Pennsylvania cares deeply about the communities we serve. The dollars that make up today's contribution were raised in the wake of a devastating flood. This money was raised to serve people in Pennsylvania who are impacted by disaster. Clearly, the American Red Cross is the organization best positioned to help people and communities when disaster strikes. We are happy to come alongside of the Red Cross to advance our common mission,” noted Nick DiFrancesco, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.

Following the formal presentation to Red Cross board members and staff, the group had the opportunity to tour one of the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and learn more about how their gift will impact Red Cross services in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.

“Last fiscal year, the Red Cross assisted close to 800 families – just under 4,000 individuals – who experienced personal disasters throughout our region,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “Since all disaster services are provided free of charge to our clients, we rely on the financial support of individuals and our corporate partners to provide us with the resources necessary to help families and communities in times of crisis. This extremely generous donation will have a huge impact on our ability to fulfill our mission.”

Pictured above (l-r): Red Cross board member Bud Manning, Red Cross Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Red Cross board member Paul LeVan, PACB President and CEO Nick DiFrancesco, Red Cross board member Adam Long, Red Cross board Chair Karen Deklinski, Red Cross Regional Disaster Services Officer Chris Weidenhammer, and PACB Executive Committee members Terry Foster (Executive Vice President and CEO of MCS Bank, Lewistown), Dennis Cirucci (President and CEO Alliance Bank, Broomall), and Fred Henrich (President CSBank, Coatesville).

Pictured below (l-r): Chris Weidenhammer, Nick DiFrancesco, Terry Foster, Ellen Kyzer, Karen Deklinski, Dennis Cirucci, and Fred Henrich.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Red Cross Installs Smoke Detectors in Columbia

Close to 20 volunteers, including members of the Columbia consolidated Fire Company and employees from York SERVPRO, came together to install smoke detectors and educate residents on the importance of fire preparedness during an event held in Columbia (Lancaster County) on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The free smoke detectors are part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five-year period.

“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes,” noted Chris Doty, Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist. “When a fire occurs, you have two minutes to safely evacuate your home. By working with the local fire department to target at-risk communities, we are able to provide free smoke detectors and other potentially life-saving fire safety information that can give people a fighting chance should they ever find themselves in a home fire situation.”

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Red Cross Canvasses Bellefonte Community

Members of the Kish Community Action Team joined with other Red Cross staff and volunteers to participate in a Fire Preparedness event held in Bellefonte on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Close to 30 people canvassed the community, going door-to-door to install free smoke detectors to those who needed them, while educating the residents on the importance of fire preparedness. This event, which was made possible in part by the generosity of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, was part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period.

“Right here in Centre County we remember three Bellefonte structures that have been devastated by fires in the past - the DoDe, Garman Theater, and Bush House,” noted Red Cross Mid State Executive Director Stephanie Fost. “Today, the Red Cross wants to try to change that story with our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Walking door-to-door with our friends and neighbors, we’re probably smiling because of the time spent together, but we also know that we might save another historic structure or, more importantly, a life. That is the best way the Red Cross can make a difference in our communities.”

St. John's Church on East Bishop Street graciously permitted the Red Cross to use their parking lot as a staging area and allowed the group to borrow their tables and chairs for pre and post event activities. Thank you to the people of St. John's, the volunteers, and all the residents who allowed us access to their homes. Due to the hard work of many, the Red Cross was able to install roughly 100 smoke detectors in under four hours.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Adams Electric Supports Local Heroes

Adams Electric Cooperative CEO and General Manager Steve Rasmussen (pictured right) presented American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Community Volunteer Leader Nikki Shariat and Executive Director Matt Leininger with two checks totaling $10,000 on Monday, July 27, 2015. The money donated is in support of the South Central Red Cross’ Heroes Program, which recognizes local individuals for their heroic and selfless acts performed in either Adams, Franklin, Fulton or York Counties.

“We are pleased to support the American Red Cross and its efforts to recognize those dedicated individuals who go above and beyond in service of those in need,” stated Rasmussen. “The Red Cross and Adams Electric support a mission of improving the lives of those who live in the communities we both serve.”

The generous donation included a matching gift from CoBank, a cooperative bank that operates an annual “Sharing Success” matching donation program with its client electric cooperatives.

Adams Electric will also be working to help reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities in the area by partnering with the Red Cross in bringing the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to the local area. Through this joint effort, teams of Red Cross volunteers will canvas communities, installing smoke detectors and delivering fire prevention information to area residents.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hindu Community Supports Red Cross Relief Effort

The Harrisburg Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture presented a check for $1,453 to the Red Cross to support the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.

“Everyone in our community was watching what was happening to the people of Nepal,” noted Yadu Acharya, Executive Director of the Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture. “When the idea came up to raise money for earthquake relief…we all trusted the Red Cross to make the connection.” 

Pictured - American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region Chief Development Officer Barb Taylor (second from left) with l-r: Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture members Madhav Baskota, Yadu Acharya, and Chuda Dahal.

Friday, July 10, 2015

White Rose hosts 5th Annual Golf Tournament

The White Rose Bar & Grill hosted its 5th Annual Golf Tournament in support of The American Red Cross South Central Chapter at the Outdoor Country Club in York on Friday, July 10, 2015. Over 130 golfers took to the links in a best ball scramble format that was played on a perfect summer afternoon. Prior to the start of play, Chapter Board President Patrick Ball thanked the participants for their support of the Red Cross. He also took a moment to recognize White Rose owner and fellow Red Cross board member Tom Sibol for his leadership in the event. Over the course of the past several years, Sibol’s efforts have raised close to $25,000 for the Red Cross.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Red Cross Receives New RAV4 from Bobby Rahal Toyota

The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region received a 2015 Toyota RAV4 from Bobby Rahal Toyota during a special presentation held at the dealership in Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Graciously donated by Bobby Rahal Toyota, the vehicle will now be used as part of the Red Cross’ emergency response operation, which assists thousands of people in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.

“The Bobby Rahal Automotive Group and owners Pat and Ron Ferris are known for their philanthropic efforts in the community,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “This vehicle is a priceless addition to our fleet and will enable us to better serve our clients in times of need.”

Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards was joined by Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz in presenting the keys to representatives from the Red Cross. Rickards noted that while the Red Cross might be second responders to a disaster scene behind fire, police and EMS, they are the first responders for the people needing assistance following a disaster.

American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer commented, “Here in Central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross responds to an average of one fire call every day. Over the past year we assisted over 750 families in times of crisis. Thanks to the extreme generosity of Toyota, and specifically the crew at Bobby Rahal Toyota, our ability to reach our clients where they are has been greatly improved.”

Pictured above left to right: American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region Chief Development Officer Barb Taylor, Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Board Members Bud Bollinger and Angela Leopold, Board Chair Karen Deklinski, Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards, and Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red Cross Partners with Penn State for Bleed Blue Campaign

Since 2010, The American Red Cross has partnered with Penn State in offering Bleed Blue, a campaign designed to increase awareness of the constant need for blood and the lives touched by the donations that are collected. Last year alone there were more than 100 Bleed Blue Drives, resulting in over 3,600 units and 525 first time donors.

From August through November, donors are encouraged to attend Bleed Blue Blood Drives that will be held throughout the area. All donors will be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a Penn State home game, which includes special club seating and on-field recognition during the game as a Red Cross Bleed Blue Donor!

The Red Cross Bleed Blue Team (pictured) gathered for an official kick-off event on Tuesday, June 30. Dates and locations of Bleed Blue Drives will be posted once they become available.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Red Cross Receives $25K Grant from CommunityAid

Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer (pictured) was presented with a $25K grant check from CommunityAid during a special event held at Colonial Park Mall in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. CommunityAid awarded over $400,000 to area nonprofits during the event.

“The partners receiving checks today are doing so much good in our communities,” noted Glenn Chandler, CommunityAid Executive Director. “All we ever wanted to do was to help them to do more by removing some of the financial burden.”

The primary purpose of CommunityAid is to raise funds for distribution to local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, and nonprofit charitable organizations. They accomplish this by partnering with area businesses and organizations that agree to host clothing collection bins. Items donated through the bins are sold at one of three area CommunityAid thrift stores, with the proceeds being returned to the community in the form of grants.