The American Red Cross celebrated a historic new partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. at an event held in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 people from both organizations gathered to discuss challenges and share news of this meaningful relationship.
John B. Hammond III, Chief Executive Officer, 100 Black Men of America, joins Mark W. Everson, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, and Albert E. Dotson, Jr. Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of America, in announcing the partnership between the two organizations.
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Red Cross President and CEO Mark Everson welcomed this partnership with enthusiasm and a commitment that the Red Cross would continue to reach out to diverse communities by encouraging these types of partnerships. Also in attendance were 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Chairman of the Board Albert E. Dotson, Jr., and CEO John B. Hammond III.
Hammond expressed excitement about this joint effort to raise the level of community readiness and individual preparedness in African-American communities nationwide. Everson acknowledged that the Red Cross mission is to ensure that all in our nation are cared for and welcomed the expertise and knowledge of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Under the agreement, the Red Cross will unite with the 100 Black Men of America to provide disaster training to members, who will also be invited to join local Red Cross boards to provide expertise and guidance. Additionally, the 100 Black Men of America and the American Red Cross will identify opportunities to promote youth involvement that benefits the mission of both organizations.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.