Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Regional Executive Corner with Joel R. Sullivan - August 2015

Reflecting On Great Work

As the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross begins a new fiscal year, it is important to recognize our numerous successes of the past year.  In Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15, July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015), our team responded to tornadoes, ice storms, train wrecks, apartment fires and managed numerous community and fundraising events across the Region.  We deployed staff and volunteers to communities affected by storms and floods across the country – truly putting the “Volunteer” into the “Volunteer State.”

In FY15, the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross assisted 2,653 families after they experienced a disaster like a home fire or tornado. 92,410 people in our Region were taught lifesaving skills in CPR, First Aid and other Health and Safety courses. 12,854 case services were provided to military members and their families. These successes were not left to chance.  The success was because of you – our dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and donors.

On July 29th, we kicked off FY16 with an all staff meeting for the Tennessee Region, where we shared our FY15 successes and our goals for the new year.

Our main goal for FY16 is simple…continue to serve the mission of the American Red Cross in communities across Tennessee and the Nation.  We have many exciting initiatives taking place, including the Home Fire Campaign, where we plan to install smoke alarms in thousands of homes across the region with a goal to reduce the number of home fire deaths by 25% over a five year period. 

We are grateful for our volunteers who help us carry out our mission every day. In FY15, our volunteers contributed 157,370 volunteer hours, which equals $3,630,526 in volunteer time! A big thank you goes to our donors and partners as well.  

Thanks to your generous contribution of time, talent and treasure, you helped us help others when the need was greatest.  We look forward to another excellent year working with you in the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross!

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