National American Red Cross Designates New Canaan One of its Best Performing Chapters

New Canaan - April 17, 2008: For the second year in a row, the New Canaan Chapter of the American Red Cross is proud to be named one of the best-performing chapters in the United States by the national American Red Cross, headquartered in Washington, D.C.  To achieve this outstanding designation, the Chapter was evaluated on a comprehensive set of performance criteria through the Red Cross Chapter Performance Standards system. This distinction is shared with less than 30 of the 804 American Red Cross chapters throughout the country.

“We offer congratulations to our staff, volunteers, blood and financial donors, and members of our community who all worked together to make this a reality.  We also owe a debt of gratitude to our clients and customers, who inspire us to do the best we can each and every day,” said Stacey Hafen, Executive Director.

National Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Baltimore, Maryland - March 28, 2008

Rodgers Harper – Chairman, New Canaan Chapter (left)

Mary Elcano – Acting President and CEO, American Red Cross

Stacey Hafen - Executive Director, New Canaan Chapter (right)


The New Canaan Chapter, which is comprised of five paid staff and approximately 360 volunteers, provides numerous vital services to our community.  Last year alone, approximately 1800 residents of New Canaan participated in CPR and other training courses, including all freshmen at New Canaan High School.  Over 1400 rides are given to over 90 residents to non-emergency medical appointments.  We responded to 141 families affected by the April and October 2007 floods.


The New Canaan Chapter also collected 500 life-saving units of blood last year at its local blood drives.  Other services provided included Armed Forces Emergency Services, International tracing, medical loan closet, disaster education and response and a high school Youth Corps.  We are very proud of our collaboration with several town groups including the Community Emergency Response Team, the Pandemic Flu Committee, the Health Department and Emergency Management.


Disaster Response 2006 – 2007 

Since July of 2006, our chapter has responded to two structure fires.*  A fire in April affected three apartment units.  We provided on the scene comfort to the families involved and made arrangements for temporary housing, including meals. We are thankful to the Maples Inn and the New Canaan Inn for their help in providing service to the families.   A volunteer was assigned to each family to make sure they had all the resources needed in their recovery.  We also provided food and water for the first responders at a fire in July.

The Nor’easter in April produced havoc for many families living in New Canaan.  Many home basements were flooded.  We provided assistance to 10 families including replacement of lost items due to water damage.


We opened a reception center during the Labor Day weekend power outage where snacks and drinks were provided for those who needed it.


Our chapter is always ready to help during any kind of disaster to provide shelter and comfort.


*Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.  Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

Cherry Street East fire