LI Red Cross CEO Neela Lockel and volunteer Craig Cooper appeared on WLNY on Sunday morning.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 92 adults and 30 children following 47 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- On Sunday morning, WLNY Exit 10/55 aired a recent interview with LI Red Cross CEO Neela Lockel and volunteer Craig Cooper. They sat down with host Richard Rose to discuss the LI Red Cross Centennial and hurricane preparedness.
- The Greater NY Red Cross provided emergency assistance to a family affected by a multiple-alarm fire in Glendale, Queens on Saturday evening.
- The Greater NY Red Cross collaborated with J.P. Morgan for a Missing Maps map-a-thon, mapping vulnerable communities in Myanmar. The Missing Maps project, supported by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, is an initiative to chart areas largely missing from maps and in need of assistance from humanitarian organizations.
- On Thursday, the Greater NY Red Cross provided emergency financial assistance and housing, along with food and water, to 10 families affected by a 6-alarm fire on Olmstead Ave in the Bronx. The Red Cross followed up with the families in the days that followed to offer referrals to appropriate partners and agencies that could offer additional assistance.
- On the official 100th birthday of the Long Island Red Cross, volunteers, board members, and staff gathered outside Mineola City Hall, along with Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, to celebrate a century of service. Newsday also published an article highlighting the work of the LI Red Cross over the last hundred years.
- On Wednesday, Red Cross Metro NY North volunteers Andy Papademetriou and Chad Sterrett responded to an apartment fire in Port Chester that displaced two families.
- Our Disaster Cycle Services teams from NYC, Long Island and Metro NY North gathered on Tuesday at the American Red Cross Middletown Warehouse for a meeting, break-out session and barbecue.
- On Monday, employees and volunteers from the Greater NY Red Cross participated in Career Day at New World Preparatory Charter School in Staten Island, representing American Red Cross emergency managers.
- Amid weather reports of thunder storms and possible flash flooding, the Red Cross shared safety tips and weather updates to encourage preparedness for potential emergencies caused by the severe conditions.
- The Greater NY Red Cross provided temporary housing for a family of 6 following a home fire in East Flatbush early Monday morning.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- June 27-30, July 3: 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.
- July 1: The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is coming to the Bronx to help make the community safer one home at a time. Volunteer to help out, or sign up to get a free smoke alarm installed in your home.
- Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY. For $75, you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt and baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.