ezStorage News | August 21, 2014
ezStorage is proud to be able to help organizations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. We are launching a monthly spotlight on some of these community organizations in our blog. This month, we are focusing our attention on Red Cross of Chesapeake. This Red Cross organization primarily covers the area west of Chesapeake Bay. ezStorage donates the use of 8 storage units at different facilities across the coverage area. Red Cross of Chesapeake is an affiliate of the National Red Cross . The National Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, who had started the basis for the organization during the Civil War. In fact, you can see the home where she launched the program in Antietam National Military Park! The mission of the organization since that time has always been to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors. The fundamental principles of the organization are simple words: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. There are currently over 1 million volunteers across the country who work with the Red Cross. The Baltimore chapter of the Red Cross was founded in 1905 with the specific mission of providing relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies.
The Red Cross Baltimore chapter offers emergency assistance to an average of 3 families per day. They distribute more than $2,500 per day to residents in communities who have been displaced by disasters such as floods, fire, and other national disasters. The Baltimore Red Cross runs many community programs including a hurricane awareness program. There are 5 locations in the region that offer classes in lifeguarding, babysitting training and CPR training to just name a few. You can also take a tour of the locations once a month to learn more about the volunteers and hear their stories. The Red Cross has developed a mobile app that you can download on iPhones that can alert you to when and where shelters have been opened during times of emergencies. You can also find out information about shelters via the Red Cross of Chesapeake’s Twitter Page. There are many ways that you can give to the Red Cross. The most well-known way is to volunteer to be of assistance during a national disaster. The second best way to help the Red Cross is by donating blood during Red Cross blood drives. There is always a need for blood donations, but never more so than during national disasters. Red Cross of Baltimore sponsors a Young Professionals group who lead many fundraising events throughout the year. Businesses can also help the Red Cross in Baltimore via the “Save the Day” program, which allows area businesses to directly support the essential Red Cross disaster relief services. You never know when you might need the services that the Baltimore Red Cross provides. Disaster can strike at any moment. Thankfully, the Red Cross will be there to help!