The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities), which provides world-class procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions and nonprofits, today made a check presentation in the amount of $50,000 to the American Red Cross through the U.S. Communities Foundation. The donation, in the form of Home Depot gift cards, will support disaster response and preparedness work.

The check was presented by members and representatives of the U.S. Communities Foundation Board of Directors, comprised of leadership from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), California State Association of Counties (CSAC), League of California Cities (LCC), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association (NGA), National League of Cities (NLC) and U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). In addition to providing oversight of the U.S. Communities program, the Foundation Board members determine funding of charitable activities that directly benefit the public sector organizations served by the U.S. Communities program.  The CSAC Finance Corporation and CSAC are founders of the U.S. Communities and also serve on the Foundation Board.

“We very much value and appreciate the U.S. Communities Foundation contribution,” said Linda Mathes, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. “With their support, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of communities impacted by disaster and carry out the mission of the Red Cross.”

“Disaster response and recovery is always a challenging time for local government,” said John Musso, chairman of U.S. Communities Foundation. “By ensuring first responders have access to resources and supplies from Home Depot, we can help bring much-needed relief to people in times of disaster.”

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters across the country, including home fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. Red Cross services are provided to people in need of assistance at no cost and regardless of income. For assistance from the Red Cross or more information about Red Cross services, please go to www.redcross.org

About U.S. Communities
U.S. Communities is a leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. U.S. Communities was founded in 1996 in partnership with several National Sponsors. Today, those National Sponsors include the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Governors Association. More than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than $2.7 billion in products and services annually.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.