Sound the Alarm Campaign needs volunteers!

Here’s a great way you can help your community: Partner with the Red Cross to help stamp out house fires. From April 28 through May 12, the Red Cross is organizing a push to install smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods as part of their annual Sound the Alarm Campaign.

The Sound the Alarm Campaign works in conjunction with community organizations and local fire departments to install free smoke detectors in homes and apartments at no cost to residents.

The vast majority of crises to which the Red Cross responds are not natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, or floods – they’re home fires. Every day, home fires in the US take lives, destroy property, and displace families. That’s why the Red Cross has set a goal to reduce home fires by 25%, and they need your help. They are looking for 35,000 volunteers across the nation to help install alarms.

You can get involved by signing up at to volunteer at the Home Fire Campaign.

  • Donate your time to help install alarms or batteries, or to canvas at-risk neighborhoods.
  • Donate a few dollars to help reduce the threat of home fires in high-risk communities.
  • Attend a fire safety event to learn how to mitigate your risks.
  • If you’re an educator, devote some classroom time to fire safety techniques.
  • See events by date & by state. (PDF)

While you’re at it, take a moment to test your own smoke alarms. Maybe they need fresh batteries! It takes just a minute to keep your family, your pets, and your property protected from the threat of a house fire. Here are more home fire prevention tips.


When it comes to volunteering, we tip our hat to our Renaissance Alliance Member Insurance Agencies!

Featured Image Giving Tuesday 2015-2For yesterday’s Giving Tuesday, we were pleased to highlight some of the charitable efforts of Renaissance Alliance members at our Caring Company blog. Renaissance insurance agents are local agents, living and working in the communities they serve. As such, community involvement is a strong value!

Take a minute to check out some recent initiatives by our member agencies, along with links to the organizations they support and galleries of staff photos. These are just a small sampling of recent charitable and community events that came to our attention.

The annual Giving Tuesday event is a great tradition and reminder of the importance of community service — but supporting our communities and charitable endeavors should really be a 365 day a year priority for us all! In all the gift giving of the holiday season, it’s great to set aside some time and money for those who are less fortunate or who have special needs.

Follow Caring Company on Twitter! We also keep a list of New England nonprofits on Twitter and add to it regularly, if you know of one we should add, let us know. You can subscribe to that feed, too – we encourage you to support and retweet local nonprofit activities, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities on your own Twitter account!