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March 24, 2008

United Way of Greater New Haven Announces Partnership with American Red Cross South Central Connecticut Chapter

March 24, 2008

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
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United Way of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce a new partnership with American Red Cross of South Central Connecticut, which includes a $75,000 grant towards increasing community awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness and providing education and training across the life spectrum of the community in 2008.

“By partnering with the American Red Cross, United Way hopes to develop the awareness that families, individuals, and at-risk populations need to prepare for the effects of a disaster in our community before one occurs,” said Roland Lemar, Director of Community Solutions at United Way of Greater New Haven.

As a result of the partnership, American Red Cross can expand its scope of educating youth, families, seniors, and those with special needs in our region about the importance of disaster preparedness. They will reach out to each population in settings, such as classrooms, senior centers, and at community events and will distribute over 5,000 brochures and over 500 disaster kits.

American Red Cross also plans to train an additional 200 citizens in First Aid, CPR, and disaster response, and will increase public awareness through community activities, events, and public advertising.

“With the support received through United Way, American Red Cross will be able to increase and deepen the work we are doing daily to train volunteers and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies in our region,” said Charles Frey, CEO of American Red Cross of South Central Connecticut. “Our community needs to be ready for whatever comes our way.”

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

About American Red Cross:

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 U.S. supplier of blood and blood products. 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. For more information about how you can help visit http://www.arcsct.org/.

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