Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Grants FY 2011
Need: Disasters take many shapes and forms and often provide little warning. In 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to 377,000 home fires, which claimed the lives of 2,565 residents and injured another 13,050. Most of these fires are preventable with cooking and heating incidents ranked as the number one and two causes, respectively, of residential fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration's 2009 estimates. Additionally, more than 94 percent of the 67,000 disasters the American Red Cross (ARC) responds to each year are fire related. Because most of these fires are preventable, neighbors have the power to help their neighbors through education and prevention outreach. The nation also mourns more than 500 killed during tornadoes in April and May 2011 and flooding continues to be a major threat across the U.S. Fifty-three federal disasters have already been declared in numerous states in 2011. Response to the need: Preparation is one tool that can minimize deaths and destruction. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2012, HOPE worldwide and its partners including the ARC, local fire departments, local emergency management agencies as well as other subgrantees will answer Dr King's urgent question "What are you doing for others?" on the weekend preceding and Monday, January 16, 2012. The "Protecting Our Neighbors" campaign will engage and train 8,500 volunteers and 72 community partners in a national program in at least 10 states to educate their neighbors on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. We expect to award 36 subgrants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The program will occur between mid September 2011 to late March 2012 and will address the Corporation for National and Community Services' strategic area of Disaster Services by increasing the capacity of vulnerable communities to prepare for disasters and respond when they do occur.