American Red Cross Receives Grant from Cornerstone Foundation of Northeast Wisconsin to Support Services to Armed Forces

The American Red Cross is honored to have received a grant from the Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin to support Services to Armed Forces.

The Military Relief Grant will support delivery of emergency messages to services members far from home and establish a relief fund.  The activated military person and their direct family can apply for direct aid.

Brown Countyhas community-based military members.  They are without the benefits and support of being on a military base where there are reduced costs or free services for active service military members. When reservists are on active duty they receive military pay that does not replace civilian income.  The reduction of income from civilian pay to military pay can result in financial hardship on military families. 

This grant establishes a relief fund that Brown County community-based military families can apply to for emergency help. This relief fund is for non re-occurring emergency help for families who are on active duty now or have been on active duty within the past 24 months prior to applying. The hardship must be primarily due to deployment or active military service. 

“The financial pressure faced by members of our military and their families just compounds the strain that overseas deployments present,” said Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director, American Red Cross. “The Military Relief Grant can assist these families in paying for those unexpected expenses.”

The fund can be used for help with utility bills, rent/mortgage payments, security deposits, daycare assistance, food, and/or outstanding medical or dental bills.

Applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2011. All applications received will go to a review committee for final approval and allocation.

For more information or to request an application for assistance please call Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director for the American Red Cross at 920-227-4281 or lakelanddoor@arclakeland.org

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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