Description & History

For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. As the nation’s premier emergency response organization, the Red Cross is there through every imaginable emergency—from house fires to hurricanes—helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. In fact, two people are assisted by the Red Cross every second of every day, every year.

Founded by visionary leader, Clara Barton, the Red Cross was formed to aid overseas and domestic relief efforts. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, but has maintained the mission of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, victims of disaster, a

patient needing a life-saving blood transfusion, a member of the military deployed overseas and many more turn to the Red Cross because they know they can rely on the trusted symbol to see them through their darkest hour.

The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Our programs include:

Disaster Relief: Red Cross responds to some 70,000 disasters annually, sheltering, feeding, and comforting those affected—from a family who lost everything in a home fire to an entire city affected by a catastrophic natural disaster.

Blood Collection: Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood in the United States, providing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply for medical emergencies and life-saving treatment of chronic illnesses.

Health and Safety: Red Cross empowers more than 7 million people annually with life-saving health, safety and preparedness skills through training courses such as First Aid/CPR, Water Safety and Babysitter’s Training.

Service to the Armed Forces: Red Cross supports the members of the military and their families during deployment and when they return home through emergency communication services, financial assistance programs and veteran services.

International Relief: As part of the global Red Cross network, the American Red Cross helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, humanitarian crises and health emergencies.

About the organization

American Red Cross

Mabel Ramirez
Volunteer Services - Recruitment Specialist
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