American Red Cross San Juan Chapter
The Mission of the American Red Cross San Juan Chapter is to help people avoid, prepare for, and cope with emergencies; to enhance self-reliance and concern for others; and to improve the quality of human life.
It does this through services that are led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the principles of the International Red Cross Movement.
The People behind the mission: Our Volunteers
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART of the AMERICAN RED CROSS
The San Juan Chapter is proud to say that 435 volunteers work together to provide the programs and services to our community. They are dedicated and loyal, whether they are helping on disaster scene, teaching a CPR or a swimming class, making afghans, staying up all night helping a serviceman's family or assisting in the office. All of these individuals truly care about the safety and well being of our community.
They are the Red Cross Family….Always there ...touching more lives, In new ways, under the same trusted symbol…..
In San Juan County disasters usually occur one family at a time. Last year we assisted 71 families following the loss of their homes. By providing food, immediate shelter, clothing, medical assistance, rent and utilities, we gave families an opportunity to start rebuilding their lives. The local disaster team also assisted in the reunification and the immediate needs of families that were involved in a bus accident in Utah. The response consisted of coordinated efforts between multiple Red Cross Units as well as the National Transportation Safety Bureau, several law enforcement agencies, various hospitals and clinics throughout the four state region. Over 2985 individuals received disaster preparedness information and education and what to do in case of a pandemic flu outbreak.
Armed Forces Emergency Services
In 1905 the United States Congress chartered the Red Cross organization to be the liaison between service members and their families. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, we are still here for our military 24 hours a day in peacetime or in times of war and conflict.
The worldwide Red Cross network is able to provide emergency communications, referrals and financial assistance during their time of need. Whether stateside or overseas, from birth announcements to death notifications, the San Juan Chapter Red Cross caseworkers assisted 675 military families in the past year when it was needed the most.
Health and Safety Services
Red Cross Health and Safety isn’t about us being there: It is about training the people who will be—in CPR, First Aid, Water Safety, Babysitting and other courses. The National Red Cross has set a goal for each Chapter to certify 4% of their local population. The 332 volunteer and work place instructors of the San Juan Chapter were able to issue 15,200 certifications, or 14% of our population, in at least one of our lifesaving courses.
As time and technology continually change, we are committed to providing the most state of the art training available. Workplace training, community programs, stress management and back injury prevention are just a few of the courses offered we are now training our instructors in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). When AEDs are readily available, and when there is a sufficient number of individuals who take the time to learn how to use this simple device, this will greatly impact the number of people who will survive a heart attack. The Chapter has trained area youth in child care. The Red Cross course is the first step in providing quality babysitting for the families in our community. The need for a Wilderness First Aid course was recognized and by utilizing the Red Cross network of chapters, we were able to implement a needed program for our outdoor community.
Our Warm-up America program provided 976 individuals with afghans, mittens, hats and teddy bears. These handmade gifts went to disaster victims, but also anyone or any organization that needed the warmth that caring and concerned hands can create.
Lifeline Programs and Services
Life is unpredictable. An unexpected fall or medical emergency could threaten your future health if help is delayed. Lifeline is an easy-to-use personal response service that ensures that older adults living at home get quick assistance whenever it is needed—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This program provides peace of mind for you and your family. It enables people to live independently and confidently in their own home. The Chapter has on average 140 lifeline subscribers and provides financial assistance to 25 individuals who cannot afford the services.
The San Juan Chapter of the American Red Cross is proud to be a United Way Partner Agency. We are not a government agency, the Red Cross programs and services are made possible through the local community support through United Way, donations from the community, supporting the fund raising events such as the Rose Sale, 5K Run and Walk-a-Thon or the Halloween Bash. Thank You!
Please visit our web-site http://sanjuan.redcross.org to see the current activities, events or to enroll in On-Line training for CPR and First Aid.