1996 - 1997
During the past program year, the Greenwich Chapter of the
American Red Cross proved once again that when people need
help, Help Can't Wait. With such events as the Red & White
Ball, the car raffle, the children's carnival, and the generosity
of many businesses, organizations and individuals, widespread
support ensured a very successful year for the Chapter and therefore
for the community we serve.
Disaster Services: Providing assistance during
large-scale and single family disasters, 24 hours a day year-round,
volunteers responded to 17 emergencies,
assisting 65 individuals, and worked with 60 individuals during emergency responder
debriefings. Over 100 people participated in disaster planning, preparedness and
education activities. 5 chapter volunteers active in the National Red Cross
disaster response program assisted in the aftermath of the TWA airline disaster
and during flooding in West Virginia, California, Minnesota and North Dakota.
First Aid Standbys: Staffing 28 community
events involving 45,500 individuals,
first aid volunteers provided assistance to 60 individuals.
Services to Members of the Military, Veterans, and Their
Families: Casework volunteers, ensuring that help is available 24
hours a day, assisted 31 families with emergency communications,
information and referral, and access to emergency loans. 150 veterans
participated in chapter-sponsored social activities.
General Emergency Assistance:
180 people received food assistance through
the Thanksgiving baskets program and 18 families received emergency help
with special or unusual needs.
International Social Services: Providing tracing
those separated from family members during wars and other calamities,
including special archival Holocaust tracing, and education on humanitarian
law. Last year 169 people participated in education classes, 75 Friendship
Boxes were sent by Greenwich children to children in other countries, and
10 individuals were assisted through a partnership program with a Swedish clinic
for survivors of torture.
Language Bank: Volunteer linguists available 24 hours a
day representing 40 languages, provided translation and interpretive services 125 times.
Loan Closet: 124 individuals received free
loans of such medical equipment as wheelchairs, commodes, shower chairs and canes.
Health and Safety: Over 2,750 people
participated in such training
programs as First Aid, CPR, Connecticut Child Care, HIV/AIDS, Preventing
Disease Transmission, Lifeguarding, Swimming and Aquatic Safety.
Another 1,700 were served through educational materials and presentations.
Support for Blood Services: Working with
the American Red Cross
Connecticut Blood Services Regional Office, the chapter plans blood
drives to help meet the need for blood for patients in the community.
Last year 2,509 lifesaving units of blood were given at 46 drives
sponsored by local businesses, community centers, churches and synagogues.
Volunteer drivers on-call 24 hours a day throughout the year made 19
emergency blood deliveries to Greenwich Hospital.
Motor Service: Volunteer drivers provided
over 10,200 rides to Greenwich residents needing access to medical or dental appointments.
SafeRides: A youth development program
designed to help combat substance
abuse in the community, over 150 well-trained teens volunteered their
time on Friday and Saturday evenings to provide 1,196 safe rides home to their peers.
In all, with the support of an generous community, last year
572 volunteers helped over 8,000 Greenwich residents, logging over
84,600 hours of service.