American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$38,626 raised by 193 donors

100% complete

$30,000 Goal

The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. The common bonds of humanity and compassion unite us together, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day. Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services -- whenever and wherever they are called for -- is unmatched by any organization in the world.

To learn more about our history, visit the American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region Website.

Mission

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Needs

Day to day work at the Red Cross is unpredictable. We are in need of unrestricted funds that can go to wherever they are most needed.

Launched in October 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has three primary goals:

- Reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent;

- Increase the number of home fire responses by 10 percent; and

- Improve assistance we provide to home fire victims.

Our Home Fire Campaign was designed to keep our community safe. We prepare individuals and families by providing critical safety education so families can "Be Red Cross Ready." In CA Gold Country, we have created more than 6,505 fire escape plans with families, served more than 14,884 people through home visits and installed more than 16,406 smoke alarms making homes safer.

Volunteers comprise more than 90% of the Red Cross workforce. Our need for volunteers is constant, and their support makes it possible to provide relief and comfort for disaster survivors, lifesaving blood products for hospital patients, emergency support for military families and veterans, and much more. We are asking individuals to #ResolvetoVolunteer with the Red Cross, with emphasis on our most-needed volunteer positions with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Families across the country depend on @RedCross volunteers to deliver help and hope when it's needed most. Learn about most-needed Red Cross volunteer positions here: redcross.org/volunteertoday

The Red Cross partners with a variety of large and community based organizations. We are always looking for passionate and influential community leaders to join our Board of Directors and help spread the Red Cross mission.

In the CA Gold Country Region, our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members are on-call 24/7, ready to help whenever a home fire occurs. Thanks to close-working relationships with local fire departments and emergency management agencies, the Red Cross is usually notified as soon as a home fire is reported. Our workers, many of them volunteers, immediately contact families, nearly always by video or phone to protect everyone from COVID-19. We listen closely to their needs and quickly take steps to meet them.

Often, we provide help in the form of a pre-loaded client assistance card, which work just like a credit card. With them, survivors purchase essentials, large and small:

- Food

- Lodging

- Transit

- Prescriptions

- Clothing

- Personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo and soap

- Baby items, including formula and diapers

On average, the Red Cross provides $600 in financial assistance to each household after a home fire, but assistance amounts are tailored to family size and livability of the home. Financial assistance is crucial in the immediate aftermath of a home fire, when families may not have emergency funds or cannot immediately activate their insurance. Not only is this the most efficient way to meet people's needs, financial assistance also empowers survivors with the means to purchase what they need -- an important first step toward their longer-term recovery.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region

Mission Category

Public Safety & Disaster Preparedness

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Board Members, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers

Demographics Served

AAPI, BIPOC, Immigrants & refugees, Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Children, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Low-income individuals/families, LGBTQ+

Address

1565 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Service areas 0

CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Phone

916-995-1105

Social Media 0

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