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Grainger and American Red Cross: A Natural Partnership




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“During and after disasters, our customers count on us for batteries, flashlights, generators, safety equipment and more. Stricken neighbors also count on us… for the hot meal, place to rest and compassionate support that our Ready When the Time Comes™ volunteers generously provide.”

James T. Ryan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Grainger


Grainger and the American Red Cross are winners of the prestigious 2011 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Partnership in recognition for the Ready When the Time Comes™ corporate volunteer program.

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The Best Partnership Award winner was selected by popular vote. Thank you for making it count and helping us recognize the 14,000 trained volunteers across the country who serve as Red Cross volunteers.


American Red Cross—a natural partner for Grainger

As the nation's premier emergency response organization, the American Red Cross aids victims of devastating natural disasters. Since 2001, Grainger has built a strategic partnership with the American Red Cross by providing more than $13 million in employee, cash and product resources.

Ready When the Time Comes disaster preparedness program
Grainger, the leading distributor of facilities maintenance products, is the National Founding Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes™ disaster volunteer program. The unique partnership between Grainger and the American Red Cross ensures large groups of local, trained volunteers are ready to respond when a disaster strikes. In 2006, Grainger donated $1 million to launch the program and committed to partnering with other businesses to champion the program across the country.

  More than 460 companies are involved with Ready When the Time Comes™ in more than 50 cities across the U.S. and internationally. Together we have trained nearly 14,000 new Red Cross volunteers. 1300 are from Grainger. Learn more.


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A model volunteer program
In recognition of our Ready When the Time Comes™ program with the American Red Cross, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, the Business Civic Leadership Center, selected Grainger and the American Red Cross as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2011 Corporate Citizenship Awards for Best Partnership.
In addition several partner chapters and local entities have recognized Grainger for our leadership with the American Red Cross in the local community:

  • 2009 Hal Ball Good Neighbor Award — Long Beach Red Cross
  • 2008 Good Neighbor Award — Cincinnati Red Cross
  • 2008 Good Neighbor Award — Baltimore Red Cross
  • 2008 Mayor's Business Recognition Award — City of Baltimore

Learn how your company can support the Red Cross or become a Partner Organization.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have made
Ready When the Time Comes™ a model volunteer program!