Ongoing Support Enables Red Cross to Prepare for and Respond to Disasters
Broomfield, CO, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — The American Red Cross recognized The Ball Foundation today for supporting Red Cross disaster relief at home and around the world.
The Ball Foundation, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, has donated more than $500,000 to support the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. Through this support, Ball is providing reliable funding in advance of disasters to enable immediate response when disaster strikes so that communities are safer and more sustainable over the long-term.
Ball has contributed more than $2 million in cash and in-kind donations to Red Cross efforts over the past three years. Since 2017, Ball also has partnered with several customers to donate millions of cans of clean drinking water for disaster relief victims in North America.
The IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund enables the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide immediate financial support to national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, enabling them to carry out their unique role as responders after a disaster.
Disaster Responder members pledge donations year-round, in advance of major disasters, to ensure the Red Cross can respond immediately with comfort and care whenever and wherever disasters occur, help families during the recovery process, and ensure communities become better prepared for the next disaster.
“Disasters can happen at any moment,” said Koby Langley, senior vice president, International Services at the American Red Cross. “The Ball Foundation’s forward-thinking gift will help ensure we have the strong infrastructure and critical resources to prepare for and respond quickly and compassionately to emergencies of all sizes when they happen, across the country and around the world.”
“Ball Corporation is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and IFRC to provide international relief to communities when they are most vulnerable,” says Chris Chavez, executive director of The Ball Foundation. “By working together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Ball and its employees are making a difference in the lives of those affected by disasters.”
Ball’s support is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #11, focusing on sustainable cities and communities – making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable.
Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters across the country, including home fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. For more information about disaster preparedness, visit redcross.org/prepare, or download the Red Cross mobile app for help before, during or after a disaster.
Red Cross services are provided to people in need of assistance at no cost, and regardless of income through the generosity of Red Cross donors. Individuals can help people affected by disasters by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations to Disaster Relief enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the Ball Corporation:
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of $11.6 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
American Red Cross Contact:
Andrea Carlson, Communications Officer
Ball Foundation Contact:
Renee Robinson, Director, Corporate Communications