Category: Community Outreach

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Alcott Elementary Students Raise Money for Veterans through WWP

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Rear Admiral Rick Williams served as an anti-submarine warfare officer and later as a combat systems officer in several operational tours before commanding the USS McInerney between 2002 and 2004. A recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Golden Eagle Award, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

WWP runs a Student Ambassadors program that encourages students to come together in support of America’s veterans. In 2017, students from seven grades at Alcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Connecticut, spent several weeks saving their allowances for a Student Ambassadors fundraiser they named “Penny Wars.” The students presented WWP with a total of $1,340 in early March.

At the close of the fundraiser, a representative of WWP gave a special address to the school assembly, sharing the tale of her son who was hurt in a bomb explosion in Iraq. During the talk, she distributed WWP bracelets, pins, and stickers.

School Principal Shawn Simpson was impressed by the students’ act of community service. He even bestowed a special award, an extra 30 minutes of recess time, upon the school’s 4th grade students for raising the most funds.

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Red Cross Launches Hero Care App

 

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Five-time Legion of Merit medal winner Rick Williams is a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, where he led multiple ship, air, and shore groups across Naval mission areas. Outside of his military career, Rear Admiral Rick Williams is a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross recently announced the launch of a new Hero Care App for smartphones, designed to assist military veterans and their loved ones in finding access to Red Cross services worldwide.

The app boasts several features, including the ability to request aid from the Red Cross and to send emergency messages and tools to access information about the location of a service member if the need arises to find them. The app also provides users with information about other non-emergency Red Cross services, such as behavioral health assistance and financial help tools. Users also can access data about available government resources from the Veterans Administration and MilitaryOneSource. The Hero Care App can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or by visiting www.redcross.org/apps.

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There Are Many Ways to Give to The Red Cross

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After graduating with an MA from the Naval War College in 1996, Rear Admiral Rick Williams went on to become the Deputy Fifth Fleet commander in the United States Navy, where he succeeded in averting a crisis by integrating joint force capabilities so as to lower the risk to the OEF ground forces. Holder of five Legion of Merit medals, Rear Admiral Rick Williams is a charitable donor to The Red Cross.

The Red Cross enjoys a good reputation worldwide and receives donations from both individuals and businesses. While many people think only of donating blood to The Red Cross, there are actually many other ways to give. Individuals, organizations, and companies all make financial donations. There are programs where companies can show their customers that a portion of sales is donated to The Red Cross and where they can accept donations on behalf of The Red Cross. Both of these programs must receive prior approval from The Red Cross before implementation. In addition, hosting a workplace blood drive is another popular method of business donation, and it allows employees a chance to make a difference without the challenge and hassle of traveling to a Red Cross location.

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Red Cross, Kidde Partner For Smoke Alarm Distribution

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Real Admiral Richard “Rick” Williams has been assigned to various senior leadership posts throughout his career, including stints at Navy Region Hawaii, Surface Group Middle Pacific and Strike Group 15. Outside of his military career, Rear Admiral Richard “Rick” Williams supports the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross recently announced that it has teamed with Kidde to help outfit homes with better fire safety measures. To that end, Kidde is donating some 26,000 smoke alarms to the Red Cross as part of its Home Fire Campaign. The total cost of the alarms is $500,000.

As part of this initiative, the Red Cross employs trained volunteers to install smoke alarms free of charge in areas that are at an increased risk of fire damage. The Home Fire Campaign was launched in 2014, and since then Kidde has partnered with the Red Cross to provide the alarm equipment for the initiative.

The Red Cross says it has saved 111 lives over the campaign’s two years, installing upwards of 500,000 alarms in thousands of locations across the United States.

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San Diego Chapter of Red Cross Honors Real Heroes at Breakfast

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Having dedicated his life to serving his country, Rear Admiral Rick Williams previously assumed command of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. In his downtime, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the American Red Cross.

While assigned to Coronado CA, he supported the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross serves more than 3.6 million people across 10,000 square miles in the two counties. This nonprofit chapter emerged in 1898 as a result of Spanish-American War efforts. It has grown to become one of the country’s largest chapters.

On October 7, 2016, the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter honored 11 local heroes and one organization at its 14th annual Real Heroes Breakfast, held aboard the USS Midway Museum. This event recognizes those who represent ideals presented by the Red Cross. They save lives and create safer communities.

Since this event began, the Red Cross has honored more than 100 people. Two people honored include Kathi Anderson, who cofounded an organization that helps survivors of torture and their families heal, and Joshua Cardona, a chief drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego who pulled an accident victim from an overturned vehicle.