Friday, February 26, 2016

Red Cross Wins Innovation Award

The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region received a 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Award in the Collaboration Category during a breakfast held in York on Friday, February 26, 2016. The Innovation Awards Program recognizes area nonprofits and their leaders for developing creative ways to help the region’s citizens. The program is made possible by a partnership of the Central Penn Business Journal, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and the York County Community Foundation. 

The Red Cross’ award was earned for its Home Fire Preparedness Program, which seeks to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25% over a five-year period. More specifically, the Red Cross was recognized for its Harrisburg install event that occurred in September 2015.

The install event was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Red Cross, the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, the United Way of the Capital Region, UGI, PinnacleHealth, and Phoenix Contact. During the event, close to 200 volunteers from the partner organizations came together to install roughly 550 free smoke detectors in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill, a neighborhood known to be vulnerable to home fires. Participants in the event also provided lifesaving fire prevention and preparedness information and other useful tools to help residents prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires. Since that day, additional installations in the neighborhood have brought the total number of smoke detectors installed to over 600.

The success realized in Harrisburg is now being used as a model for other area install events, including one held in York in October and one currently being planned for Lancaster in April. All told, the Red Cross in Central Pennsylvania has installed over 2,000 smoke detectors and has educated thousands of residents on the importance of fire safety during the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.