During this season of thanksgiving and reflection, I wanted to thank the residents and businesses of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for their generous support of the American Red Cross.
Without the gift of time from our volunteers, financial gifts from our donors, and the ongoing support of our community partners, the Red Cross could not respond to the numerous single family disasters that occur in Upper Peninsula every year.
House fires are the primary emergencies the Red Cross responds to in U.P. And this past year we assisted 224 people by providing them with lodging at local establishments, an allowance for food and clothing, prescription refills and replacement eye glasses.
We are committed to providing our volunteers with training that will allow them to provide the best possible service, including feeding, sheltering, client casework, and health and mental health services. This past year we issued well over 100 course completion certificates for training that will give our volunteers the tools they need to assist our clients.
Community education is another vital service we offer. In 2012, hundreds of people took some form of emergency education that will help them prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters in their local communities.
The Red Cross also provides a vital communication link between active duty military and their families. 105 military family members attended workshops and presentations on our Services to the Armed Forces and were given information that will assist them in contacting loved ones in times of emergency.
So for all you do, thank you for your generosity and support and may all of you have a warm and safe New Year!
Jeffrey A. Selesky
Emergency Services Program manager, Superior Upper