American Red Cross
Welcome to the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter blog. Wow, that’s a long name! Hmm…from now on let’s just refer to it as CAC, or maybe the Capital Area Chapter.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get on with the introduction…
The Capital Area Chapter is your local American Red Cross chapter located in Tallahassee, FL. We offer lifesaving skills trainings like CPR, First Aid, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), life guarding, and babysitter training to name a few. We respond to local house fires (4 fires a week on average!) and other disasters. We provide communication between military service members abroad and their loved ones at home. And actually we serve much more than just Tallahassee. Our service area covers eight counties!
How do we do all that? Volunteers.
CAC has only 5 employees, but over 4,000 volunteers. Yes, that means for every one employee there are over 800 volunteers!
And since we’re listing stats, here are a few more for you.
Last year (fiscal year 2006) we:
Okay, so all those stats may seem a bit overwhelming, so let me paint a picture of what we do 365 days a year:
As many of you know, the Chaires Capitola area experienced a tornado back in February. It was a big loss for such a small community. After the emergency responders, the first people on the scene were CAC volunteers. They provided food and water for the exhausted workers, and mental health counseling for those who needed to talk to someone about the loss. Volunteers opened a shelter and provided meals. And they stayed there in the days that followed to make sure everyone had what they needed.
But the CAC doesn’t just respond to large disasters. Had it been a house fire (one of the 190 every year!), the Red Cross would have been there providing those exact same services, and offering things like hotel vouchers, clothes vouchers, and toiletries to the family who lost their home.
On top of all of that, we teach CPR and First Aid, vital lifesaving skills for our community. Everyday classes such as Life-guarding, Babysitting, First Responders, and Wilderness Safety are taught all over the BIg Bend.
Our military families have come to rely on the emergency communication we provide. Just last week a family here in our area needed to let their soldier, who was stationed in Egypt, that his grandma had passed away and through our worldwide network, we are able to relay the message to him.
These are just a few happenings every day around here!
So that’s a brief glimpse at what CAC does. I hope you’ll keep checking back here for updates, because now that we got the introduction out of the way, I can actually start updating you on current happenings at The Chapter.
So long for now,