PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
The rewards of generosity
American Red Cross of Southeast Alaska
The American Red Cross of Alaska is supported by Alaskans. It is only through our neighbors' generosity that we are able to continue to carry out our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and provide relief to people affected by disasters. We want to thank our volunteers and contributors whose heroic acts of selflessness have allowed us to accomplish the following tasks.

This year we were able to respond to 146 local disasters, including 145 residential fires, and we helped 631 Alaskans - affected individuals and families with emergency food, temporary housing and supplies.

Being prepared makes your family and community safer and minimizes injury and destruction. Our disaster education courses gave 4,788 individuals the information they need to be prepared.

From first aid, CPR and AED training to swimming and lifeguarding, American Red Cross programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. This year, 31,515 individuals learned lifesaving skills through 4,399 classes offered by the chapter.

The international tracing program helps local families find relatives with whom they have lost contact because of a natural disaster, war or internal conflict. We helped reconnect 4 families with loved ones in foreign lands.

The American Red Cross provides communication between those in the Armed Forces and their families. We have a worldwide network that reaches service members wherever they are to communicate a birth, death or illness. This year we provided emergency connections for 2,049 military families.

The American Red Cross of Alaska's temporary food assistance program in Fairbanks is designed to improve the health, safety and well-being of people living in the state of Alaska, especially in underserved neighborhoods. This year we fed 24,000 Alaskans through our emergency food program.

We depend on volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to carry on our work. Volunteers constitute 97 percent of our total workforce, serving as members of the board, instructors teaching lifesaving skills, disaster action team members, office administrators, event organizers and more. This year, 1,561 volunteers made the work of the chapter possible, contributing 30,420 hours, for a contribution estimated at $486,720.

If you would like to help us fulfill our mission, you can contact our office at (907) 463-5713. Whether you are offering a monetary donation or the gift of time, we know you will find your generosity rewarding.