Monday, March 18, 2019

In Case You Missed It - Mar 18

Red Cross Disaster Responders at the 4-alarm apartment fire in Yonkers last Tuesday (Photo by Kevin Suttlehan).
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 109 adults and 22 children following 45 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Our Summer 2019 Unpaid Internship Program is open for applications! Red Cross Internships are a rare opportunity to explore and enrich your future career prospects while serving others. Our 10-week Summer Program is open to undergraduate or graduate students. The Program starts Monday, June 3rd. Click here to apply.
  • We are actively recruiting for the following volunteer positions: Volunteer Screener, Home Fire Campaign Team Member, Disaster Action Team Member, and Community Preparedness Education Program Team Member. Apply today at www.redcross.org/volunteer! For more information, please contact recruitmentgny@redcross.org.
  • March 19, 22, 25: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today!
  • May 1: Every day seven people die in home fires and the Red Cross wants to do everything we can to prevent these needless tragedies. Red Cross in Greater New York will be hosting Sound the Alarm events at locations in Manhattan from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please sign up to volunteer
  • June 13: The Red Cross Young Patrons provides rising stars with an opportunity to network with other socially-conscious professionals and help leverage the mission of the American Red Cross in the local community. Sign up here to join 'An Evening Under the Stars', a summer rooftop soiree to support the Red Cross, featuring an open bar, dinner, and live music. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Red Cross Relief After Yonkers Fire


Yesterday evening Red Cross teams rushed to the scene of a devastating fire that engulfed multiple floors in a large six-story apartment building in Yonkers. The blaze forced approximately 150 residents from their homes.

Working in close coordination with the City of Yonkers and led by the Metro NY North Red Cross Chapter, our teams quickly opened a Reception Center at a local school (Roosevelt High School) to serve as a safe refuge for affected households. Available to the families at the Center: food, support and relief items. More than a dozen Red Cross staff were on hand, including health services and mental health volunteers, to offer comfort and care at an incredibly trying time for those impacted. Throughout the evening nearly two dozen residents came by the Reception Center which transitioned to a shelter overnight for those who needed a place to stay.

Today, the school remains open for residents from the severely-damaged building. Throughout the day Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with residents to access their needs and to connect families to Red Cross and community resources. As of noon, approximately 40 residents have visited the school for services today. Additionally, meals, snacks and beverages are being served, with the help from local businesses who have donated food.

This work will continue as long as needed.

(photos: Kevin Suttlehan, American Red Cross)







Monday, March 11, 2019

In Case You Missed It - Mar 11

The Metro North Red Cross is among the many chapters across the country raising
our red and white flag in celebration of Red Cross Month.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 142 adults and 39 children following 48 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Mar 4

Red Cross Disaster Response Team on duty during the LIRR train derailment in Westbury. 

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 169 adults and 46 children following 54 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Monday, February 25, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Feb 25


Chapter Youth Council members show off their poster to promote understanding of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 151 adults and 47 children following 54 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Monday, February 18, 2019

In Case You Missed It - Feb 18


Pillowcase Project Presenters brought emergency preparedness education to the Big Apple Academy. 
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 142 adults and 41 children following 46 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The American Red Cross and CDCLI Kick-Off Partnership to Make Homes Safer



On February 13, 2019, Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) kicked off its partnership with the American Red Cross on Long Island to make homes safer in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. CDCLI received training to carry out the Red Cross Sound the Alarm program, which installs free smoke alarms and provides fire safety education in at-risk communities across Long Island and across the country. 

CDCLI, a regional non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 by government, business, and civic leaders on Long Island who came together to address the growing demand for affordable housing. As part of its suite of services, CDCLI offers is the Weatherization Assistance Program, which is a free program provided to low-income Long Islanders, especially the elderly and disabled, to make their homes more energy efficient. 


As part of this new partnership, CDCLI staff will install Red Cross smoke detectors in each home that they weatherize moving forward, potentially helping to make hundreds of families safer every year. 

“CDCLI is excited to embark on this partnership with the American Red Cross,” Gwen O’Shea, President and CEO of CDCLI. “This initiative truly reflects our collective commitment to helping Long Islanders attain and sustain healthy and safe homes.”

The Red Cross responds to approximately 62,000 disasters per year, including more than 200 across Long Island. Most of these local disasters are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason for launching this fire safety campaign in 2014. 

“We are thrilled to begin this lifesaving collaboration,” said Neela Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “Thank you to CDCLI for making fire safety a priority!”


Across the country, the campaign is making a difference. As of early February, the Red Cross and their partners across the country have saved more than 500 lives and installed more than one 1.5 million free smoke alarms.

Sound the Alarm is a year-round program available to all. To sign up for a free smoke alarm, to join as a volunteer, or to provide financial support, visit www.SoundtheAlarm.org/li.

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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.

About Community Development Corporation of Long Island 
Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) invests its resources, talents, and knowledge in the people of Long Island, helping them to achieve their dreams of an affordable home in a vibrant community. Since its inception 50 years ago, CDCLI has assisted over 239,000 Long Islanders and invested $1.59 billion into the communities in which they live. CDCLI is part of the NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. For more information, please visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.