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Learn More About Our Service and Ways to Help

The International Services department of the American Red Cross is committed to helping individuals and communities learn about, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and conflicts around the world. Reconnecting Family Links is a key service we provide to assist and bring together families and loved ones separated by war and disaster.

We invite you to get involved. It’s people like you, who know how good it can feel to lend a helping hand that makes our vital work possible.

Support Disaster Relief

The most common way the Red Cross supports international emergencies is through financial assistance. Your financial donation is the most effective way to support our international responses. Cash enables the local Red Cross organization in the affected country to identify and address the most immediate needs—such as providing food and water or repairing damaged homes.

When used to purchase relief supplies, cash reduces the time and cost of delivery to affected populations. It also stimulates the local economy, which is often undermined by a disaster.

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Volunteer

As a volunteer for the Red Cross you can help people living overseas who have been displaced by war or disaster reconnect with family members living in your community. Most of our volunteer opportunities are arranged through your local Red Cross.

Learn More About Volunteering

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Join our social communities. Find the Restoring Family Links Program on:

  • Restoring Family Links Blog
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  • Become a Digital Advocate - Help us to support the Red Cross cause using social media. Read and share stories with the thousands of people whose lives have intersected with the Red Cross. Get started today.

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    Join Events

    Red Cross chapters across the country host a variety of exciting events in order to engage the communities in which we reside. These events build enthusiasm and advocacy, foster collaboration, and offer recognition to the members of the community who help to support the Red Cross.

    Visit your local chapter site to learn what’s going on in your town.

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    Watch & Share

    Experience the stories of how the Red Cross helps bring family and friends together. Use as a resource to inspire or teach about the importance of supporting families separated by conflict or disaster.

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    Additional Information

    The American Red Cross (ARC) provides tracing and messaging services. Traces can be initiated in cases where the location of a loved one is unknown. The ARC caseworker will gather the available information and then ARC will work with its international Red Cross and Red Crescent partners to try to locate the sought person. The ARC also provides Red Cross Messaging services. Red Cross Messages can be used to facilitate communication internationally in instances where the sought person’s location is known, but regular means of communication are unavailable.
    Family is defined broadly by the American Red Cross to account for cultural and personal differences in the way family is defined. Generally, the Red Cross will search for any loved one as long as communication had been established at one point and was then severed by a humanitarian emergency.
    The American Red Cross has no role in bringing persons from other countries to the United States or securing or verifying visas. The American Red Cross can only provide information and referral services.
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    Contact The Reconnecting Family Links Team

    For program information or general inquiries, use the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form or call us at 202-303-1600.

    Donate Now

    Support all the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross.

    $10.00 is the minimum online donation amount. All donations are tax deductible.