The American Red Cross #GiveWhatFireTakes Campaign

A resident of Cook County in Illinois, Jeff Pesek has been instrumental in the restructuring of JS Morton High School District 201 and the implementation of community outreach programs. In addition to his work in public education, Jeff Pesek supports the local American Red Cross chapter.

Among other disasters, the American Red Cross helps those who have been affected by house fires, which claim seven lives every day in the United States. Fires are responsible for over $11.5 billion in property loss each year, and the American Red Cross is often one of the first lines of support for families who have lost everything to home fires, including more than 5,000 families in Chicago throughout 2014. In order to draw attention to this overlooked threat, the American Red Cross is promoting its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years through door-to-door canvassing, fundraising, and fire safety education. Volunteers can easily join the campaign and contribute through Crowdrise or as an individual donor, raising money for blankets and clothes for displaced families, financial assistance, and smoke detector information. Throughout January alone, the campaign was successful in installing more than 30,000 smoke alarms, replacing batteries in an additional 5,500 smoke alarms, and supporting over 51,000 people nationwide.