Episode 65: Featuring Bill Earley and Sean Mahoney

Bill Earley - American Red Cross San Diego

Bill Earley, CEO for Red Cross San Diego sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to talk about Red Cross’ upcoming Shelter of Hope event, disaster preparedness and the Sound the Alarm Home Fire Campaign. According to Earley, the Red Cross reaches out to help families who have experienced a house fire or other kind of disaster within San Diego and Imperial counties. The Red Cross relies on donations and the Shelter of Hope event is their unique way to raise money and awareness. The ‘Shelter’ an 8ft x 20ft mobile shipping container, is outfitted like it’s a mock shelter. Earley spent 16 days and nights in the mock shelter last year to reach their fundraising goal of $430,000. He said, “It’s a fundraiser, it’s a friendraiser, it’s a mission awareness raiser, and it’s also a hugathon”. Earley also discusses how the Red Cross is helping to prevent families from experiencing devastating home fires. The Sound the Alarm Home Fire Campaign started in 2014. It not only raises awareness of the importance of having properly working smoke/fire alarms, they go into homes in some of the most vulnerable communities and install smoke/fire alarms for free. He said, “We have installed in our local area approximately 8000 smoke alarms already.” Earley explains the goal for upcoming Sept-30-Oct.14th Sound the Alarm Save a Life event is to install over a 1000 during that two week period. According to Earley, 215 (documented) lives have already been saved by putting smoke/fire detectors into homes.


Sean Mahoney - Zero8hundered

Sean Mahoney, Executive Director of zero8hundred and retired Coast Guard Captain joined Rise Up Radio hosts Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about how his organization is helping military members through the transition process. “We know that the number one concern of our transitioning members, because they tell us, is employment or education.” According to Mahoney, 20,000 people yearly leave the military in San Diego County, about 6000 of those stay in San Diego, many of them have their families with them as well. He explains that there are a lot of sources out there to help military members before, during and after the transition process. Unfortunately they may not be aware of all of those resources and many of them are underutilized. “zero8hundred refers to a new day, 8 O’clock in the morning, and a new community approach to helping people transition out of the service. Zero8hundred really ties them to the community when they leave the service in San Diego,” Mahoney said. They need someone to help and to guide them to the resources that will meet their needs and to check back with them periodically to see how things are going. zero8hundred has been in existence just over two years and according to Mahoney it came into existence thanks to the cross sector of collaboration between government, business, the Chamber of Commerce, the military and other organizations.

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2. Zero8hundered is committed to providing the resources for veterans transitioning to civilian life. To know more visit Zero8hundred.