How did the American Red Cross open more than 900 shelters, serve more than 11 million meals and snacks, deploy more than 18,000 volunteers and provide health and mental health services to more than 80,000 people in a 30-day period during our response to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav? Not alone. The magnitude of services we deliver is due to the collaborative efforts of several organizations driven by the same mission.
American Red Cross Shelter
The critical preparation and response efforts of the American Red Cross required collaboration with local, state and federal governments, as well as with a number of nonprofit partner organizations that share our commitment to serving disaster-affected communities. One such partner during the Hurricanes Ike and Gustav relief operations was HOPE worldwide, which deployed 800 volunteers to Texas and Louisiana to help provide food and shelter.
“I would like to applaud the 800 ‘Brave Hearted’ leaders and volunteers from across the country who decided to serve. It was amazing to see HOPE worldwide and the American Red Cross work together to impact thousands of lives. The American Red Cross has allowed HOPE worldwide to engage our volunteers in new and exciting ways,” said Antonio B. Boyd, vice president of U.S. Programs at HOPE worldwide.
Generally, the Red Cross seeks disaster response partners who can:
- Develop or strengthen a service delivery capacity or capability;
- Contribute personnel or expertise;
- Jointly promote fundraising or other efforts;
- Contribute to information exchange, planning and/or research.
Goals for these strategic relationships include:
- Overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers to improve service to specific communities;
- Expanding our ability to shelter and feed by engaging community and faith-based organizations;
- Increasing the number of possible facilities for shelters, service centers, warehouses, etc., in the community.
The important services we provide to our clients are a testament to the strength of our partnerships. By joining our knowledge, resources and expertise with that of our partners, we provide the best possible response and service to the people we serve.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.