We are lucky to have the support of so many dedicated local organizations at our programs across the state. Whether through volunteerism, advocacy, or financial support, local service organizations are helping Easterseals Washington to redefine disability every day.
Recently, the support of three separate Rotary International clubs has made a major impact on health and safety at two of our newest programs: Gateway Adult Services in Bremerton and Marine View Adult Services in Des Moines. To ensure our program participants have access to essential, life-saving safety equipment, we are committed to placing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in each of our three Adult Service programs. When we reached out to the Des Moines, Maple Valley, and Silverdale Rotary clubs and explained our needs, they jumped at the opportunity to help. Today, thanks to very generous donations from the clubs, we have installed AEDs at both Gateway and Marine View and given our program participants and their families greater peace of mind.
Thank you, Des Moines Rotary, Maple Valley Rotary, and Silverdale Rotary!
We are now encouraging partnerships with Rotary clubs and other service organizations in the Bellevue area so that we can supply our Eastside Adult Services program with an AED. Please contact Alexandra Geneser, Easterseals Washington Development Director, if you can help.
AED’s are portable, battery-powered devices that analyze a sudden cardiac arrest victim's heart rhythm, determine if a shock is necessary, set the proper charge and instruct the responder to shock the victim. According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest kills 600 Americans every day, at least half of whom could be saved by timely CPR and defibrillation from an AED. Along with a comprehensive AED program that includes CPR and AED training for staff, our expected outcome is having the ability to save the lives of clients, employees, and visitors in an emergency such as a sudden cardiac arrest.