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First Federal Charitable American Red CrossThe American Red Cross Northeastern PA and Tri-County chapters will split the funds from a First Federal Charitable Foundation grant the organization received to provide its Home Fire Campaign service in Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.

The Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year, three-prong resilience strategy for the American Red Cross. The end goal of the campaign is to save lives lost due to a preventable cause – home fires. Through the nationwide program, the American Red Cross will visit more than one million homes to install and test smoke alarms, complete home-safety checklists, help families develop an escape plan and ultimately reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent.

By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Red Cross and its coalition partners can use an unprecedented, nationwide effort combining grassroots neighbor-to-neighbor outreach and comprehensive marketing and public relations outreach to decrease injuries and save lives.

By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Red Cross and its coalition partners can use an unprecedented, nationwide effort combining grassroots neighbor-to-neighbor outreach and comprehensive marketing and public relations outreach to decrease injuries and save lives.

Bill Goldsworthy, executive director of the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania and Northeast Pennsylvania chapters, said, “Statistics show that 90 percent of families have no practiced home fire drills and 76 percent of families have not identified a safe place where family members can meet outside the home. Preparing families and saving lives are core elements of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

First Federal Charitable Foundation Executive Director Megan Kennedy said, “The American Red Cross is always one of the first organizations on the scene to provide help with a fire or natural disaster strikes, so we’re honored to provide them with this grant to help fund a program that works to prevent fires.”

The First Federal Charitable Foundation was established to support worthwhile community causes. It strives to nurture nonprofit institutions and programs that will effectively serve those in need from the community, empower nonprofit institutions and programs that will expand their presence in and services to the area, and promote opportunities for new nonprofit institutions and programs that will serve the unserved.

Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) IRS designation that are located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, Carbon and Columbia counties are eligible to apply. Any organization whose headquarters is in another county but services either Luzerne, Schuylkill, Carbon or Columbia counties may apply for a grant to be used in one of those counties.

For more information on the foundation or to obtain a grant application, visit www.1stfederalcharitable.org or call 570-501-2784.

CAPTION: Bill Goldsworthy, second from left, executive director for the American Red Cross, accepts a grant from First Federal Charitable Foundation executive director Megan Kennedy. Also pictured are, from left: Kathi Bankes, American Red Cross chairperson, and Tony Cusatis, president of the First Federal Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.

First Federal Charitable Foundation

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P: 570.501.2784