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July 08, 2013

United Way and Red Cross: Partners in flood recovery

United Way of Calgary and Area is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to coordinate the recovery phase of flood relief.

The Canadian Red Cross and United Way, which have been strong partners for years, are working together to develop a strategy for long-term community support. Red Cross’ knowledge of disaster response paired with United Way’s knowledge of Calgary's network of care will help the Calgary area recover in the months ahead.

On July 8, United Way President and CEO Lucy Miller visited the Red Cross command centre in Calgary. Lucy was welcomed by Steve Armstrong, Provincial Director of the Red Cross. He toured Miller through their building, introducing her to staff and explaining their disaster relief experiences in and around Calgary.

Most volunteers came from out of province - as far away as St. John's, Newfoundland - to support disaster recovery in Alberta. "It was amazing to see people from across Canada who have gathered to stand shoulder to shoulder with Albertans,” said Miller. “People are often waiting for the next Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King. I saw those everyday heroes at the Red Cross — ordinary people doing extraordinary things."

Armstrong thanked United Way for supporting the work of the Canadian Red Cross. "It is only with great partners like United Way that we are able to do our work," he said.

Red Cross Lucy

Lucy Miller of United Way with Steve Armstrong and other Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers.