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100 Black Men of America, Inc. and American Red Cross Sign National Agreement to Increase Diverse Outreach Nationwide
Date:9/27/2007

ly competent organization, better able to adapt to the changing needs of every community," Everson added.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

Founded in 1963, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. was initially a loose association of nine independent groups located in different metropolitan areas. Successful businessmen from a variety of social, educational and economic sectors came together for a common purpose -- to make a difference in the lives of African American youth. In 1986, these groups joined forces to create a national non-profit federation.

Since its founding, the "100" has grown to 105 chapters with approximately 10,000 African American professional men committed to the organization's founding mission -- to enhance the quality of life in African American communities by improving the educational, economic and social status of African Americans. The organization now serves more than 125,000 youth annually through its mentoring, training and developmental program.


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