Organizations Fighting Hunger
American Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa
The American Red Cross, Serving Greater Iowa is operating in 94 of 99 counties in the state of Iowa with chapter offices located in; Des Moines, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. Our mission is to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We ensure that those who suffer from a disaster have food, clothing and shelter needed during the immediate recovery process. The Red Cross has roughly 1,000 volunteers and 23 paid staff which enables us to have a presence in every community.
Resilient communities are able to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Annually we respond to nearly 600 disasters in the state of Iowa, and while we support anyone who requests our services, it is the at-risk who are most often the benefactors of our services. Disasters do not impact everyone equally. Those at-risk, or who lack support mechanisms or savings, struggle to recover. Our clients are often the uninsured, elderly, low income and others who struggle to recover after a house-fire or other disaster.
We also deploy volunteers to large-scale disasters across the country. In 2017 we deployed over 200 volunteers to support Hurricane relief in 2017.
We provide a number of services for clients during the recovery process. We offer support during the disaster, including walking the client through the recovery process. We also issue cash assistance that can be used to purchase food or groceries or lodging, medicine or other necessary items for the immediate recovery process. Our 5 pillar services are Domestic Disaster Response, International Services (when called upon by the greater Red Cross Society Internationally), Health and Safety (Courses and Services), Services to the Armed Forces and Blood Services (collection and distribution of the nation’s blood needs).
How to Help:
We’ve also developed the Red Cross Gift of Grain Program which is unique to the Red Cross Serving Iowa to help us prepare for disasters through grain donations. Farmers will find Red Cross (Serving Greater Iowa) accounts at nearly every CoOp and Elevator in the state and both the CoOps and the Red Cross can provide a tax receipt for the grain donations. Please help us turn grain into groceries for those that have suffered from a disaster through donations of grain. The Red Cross, Serving Greater Iowa, can also accept donated land, equipment, livestock and stock gifts.
For more information or to become involved, please visit the Red Cross online or contact Mr. Bryce Sitter by email at email@example.com or by phone at 515-473-1284 (cell) or 515 246-6307 (office).
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