Friday, October 30, 2015

Rachelle Freedman Named Volunteer of the Quarter

Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Chapter Volunteer Services Committee Chairman Mike Murphy presented Rachelle Freedman with a certificate for being named Chapter Volunteer of the Quarter during a brief ceremony held in the Harrisburg office on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Rachelle, Regional Community Outreach Team Lead, handles all presentation requests. She ensures that the scheduled volunteers have everything they need and she follows-up to make sure everything is returned in a timely fashion. Rachelle is constantly looking for better ways to improve our process and is making a huge impact in our outreach effort.

Judy Hurtt, the Administrative Coordinator who nominated Rachelle, noted, “Oftentimes I ask her if I’m putting too much on her plate, but before I know it, everything is done!” 

Congratulations, Rachelle, on being our Volunteer of the Quarter!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

168 Homes Receive Smoke Detectors During York Event

Close to 80 Red Cross and community volunteers joined forces with the City of York Department of Fire Rescue Services and Mayor C. Kim Bracey's office to install 627 free smoke detectors in 168 homes and educate the residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during an event held in the city's West End on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The event is part of the Red Cross' effort to reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period.

"When a home fire occurs, you have roughly two minutes to safely evacuate," noted Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Board Chair Patrick Ball when addressing the volunteers prior to the start of the event. "Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of escaping by over 50%, yet nearly 5 million homes in the United States do not have working smoking detectors."

Assembling on West Princess Street before being dispersed into the neighborhood in teams of four, participants also listened to remarks from Mayor Bracey, who has been a strong supporter of the program and the impact it has in the local community.

"I am pleased to join alongside The American Red Cross in their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to ensure the safety and awareness of our residents in the City of York, making certain that they are provided with the available resources that can assist in saving lives,” noted Bracey.

Following the opening presentation, volunteers went door-to-door, discussing with residents the importance of creating and practicing fire escape plans. They also offered to install free smoke detectors in any homes where working smoke detectors didn't currently exist.

Companies and organizations that provided the volunteer manpower for the Home Fire Preparedness event include:

  • Baker Tilly, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams County, CGA Law Firm, Family First Health, Glatfelter Insurance Group, KioWare, M&T Bank, Michael Allen (Penn State York), ROCK Commercial Real Estate, Rotary, Santander Bank, St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stewart & Tate, White Rose Credit Union, YMCA of York, York Traditions Bank, Salem Square Community Association, State Farm

view photos from the event

Friday, October 9, 2015

CommunityAid Donates $20,000 for South Carolina Flood Relief

Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer (pictured above front right) accepted a $20,000 donation to benefit the Red Cross relief effort in South Carolina from CommunityAid Executive Director and Founder Glenn Chandler (pictured above front left) during a brief ceremony held at the Mechanicsburg CommunityAid Store on Friday, October 9, 2015.

“It is estimated that the Red Cross relief effort in South Carolina will cost in excess of $4 million dollars. So far this week, the Red Cross has provided over 42,000 meals and snacks and 4,600 relief items to those impacted by the storm,” Kyzer noted. “On behalf of all who will benefit from this generous donation, I say thank you to Glenn Chandler and CommunityAid.

For the past several years, CommunityAid has been a strong partner with The American Red Cross North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, providing a steady and predictable funding stream as well as thousands of dollars in CommunityAid Clothing Care Cards. Recently, that partnership has expanded to Lancaster County, where CommunityAid is now working with the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Chandler stated, “We believe in helping our neighbors wherever and whenever there is a need. We are blessed we can help!”

Since 2009, CommunityAid has given more than $5.6 million in contributions to other organizations. This allows hundreds of partner nonprofits to grow their missions and help more people truly in need.

Pictured below: Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional Disaster Officer Chris Weidenhammer holds a sign thanking CommunityAid while on deployment to help those affected by the floods in South Carolina.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Red Cross Hosts Philipsburg Fire Safety Event

Over 50 American Red Cross and Centre County United Way Day of Caring volunteers gathered in Philipsburg for a Home Fire Preparedness Event on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Thanks to the support of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, over 200 free smoke detectors were installed in homes throughout the community as local residents were educated on the importance of home fire preparedness. The event was part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period. 

“Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire,” noted Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director Stephanie Fost. “When a fire occurs, you have two minutes to safely evacuate your home. Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of escaping safely by over 50%.” 

The Red Cross is excited to be partnering with the Centre County United Way and our friends at Ben Franklin Technology Partners in our effort to educate residents on the importance of home fire safety.