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Grant Will Extend Reach Of Michigan Red Cross

It's being made possible by United Way's 'Basic Needs Fund.' 

July 10, 2018 - 9:23 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Michigan Red Cross will be offering more services than ever before.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is teaming up with the Red Cross to expand services like emergency food, housing and shelter, health support and mental health treatment in areas where they're critically needed. 

It's being made possible by United Way's 'Basic Needs Fund.' 

A grant supporting Red Cross humanitarian programs, local disaster relief, emergency preparedness initiatives, mental health counseling and other services conducted by the organization will help expand these programs in areas where these programs are critically needed - especially those most at risk and vulnerable. 

“Our work makes a difference for those needing vital assistance in troubled times and so too does our United Way partnership and support,” said Regional Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Burton,

In 2017, Michigan Red Cross volunteers gave more than 200,000 hours of their time to provide food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 4,000 local families who faced emergency situations. Red Cross programs also
installed nearly 12,000 smoke alarms at no cost to residents, provided critically needed blood products across the state, while also conducting first aid classes to thousands of individuals including CPR, AED, Aquatics and Water
Safety and helped prepare more than 6,600 new military families cope with the challenges of military life. About the American Red Cross: The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of
disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.