Pub. 5 2020 Issue 4


The Connecticut Apartment Association Is Partnering With the American Red Cross

The Partnership Helps Support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

The Connecticut Apartment Association, based in Glastonbury, Connecticut, has partnered with the American Red Cross for the third year in a row. As part of the partnership, this year, the Connecticut Apartment Association has contributed in support of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. It is entering its third year as a Ready 365 Bronze level supporter.

“We are grateful to the Connecticut Apartment Association for their continued support of the Red Cross and for their commitment to support the Home Fire Campaign,” said Brandon Ponder, Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “The Connecticut Apartment Association’s partnership helps the Red Cross prepare communities for the largest disaster threat, home fires.”

Every day seven people are killed and another 36 people suffer injuries because of home fires. And annually, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 62,000 disasters — the vast majority of which are home fires. Here in Connecticut, the Red Cross responds to about two home fires each day across the state. Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half. To save lives, the Red Cross started their Home Fire Campaign in 2014, and to date, the campaign has saved more than 760 lives nationwide. The Connecticut Apartment Association’s contribution to the Home Fire Campaign helps the Red Cross install free smoke alarms and provide important preparedness information to families. Emergencies don’t stop, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented Connecticut families from experiencing home fires or the Red Cross response to these disasters.

“Helping to alleviate suffering due to home fires and displacement resonates with our organization. Sometimes it is our own apartment communities and residents that are affected by fire, and the American Red Cross is always there to assist,” said Kelly Dematteo, president-elect of CTAA. “We value our relationship as a Ready 365 partner and are looking to grow our involvement as well. We are partnering with ARC to host multiple blood drives in Rocky Hill. July 21st was the first of what we hope to be many more events with the Red Cross.”

The financial contributions of corporate citizens, like The Connecticut Apartment Association, enable the Red Cross to make a tremendous difference every day for those who rely on our services in disasters, like home fires and other emergencies.


About Ready 365:

Ready 365 Giving Program members are businesses that value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross; they want to deepen their commitment to our mission, and they are ready to help save lives every day of the year. To learn more about how your business can help the Red Cross become Ready 365, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

About the Connecticut Apartment Association:

The goals and objectives of the Connecticut Apartment Association (CTAA) are designed to advance and protect the welfare of the multifamily housing industry in Connecticut. CTAA’s members’ interests are served nationally through its affiliation with the National Apartment Association (NAA). CTAA represents over 50,000 units, 85 owner/manager companies and 100+ business partners.


The Connecticut Apartment Association

This story appears in Issue 4 2020 of the Apartment Focus Magazine.

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