About Us

  • The American Red Cross Gold Country Region
     

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region serves the most ethnically and racially integrated metropolitan area in the country. Headquartered in the California State Capital of Sacramento the region covers a territory consisting of urban to rural, mountains to valley flatlands, and everything in between. We are dedicated to providing exemplary customer service when delivering the Red Cross mission to our constituents. The Gold Country Region consists of two chapters, the Northeastern California Chapter and the Sierra-Delta Chapter. The Northeastern Chapter covers 14 counties and the Sierra-Delta covers 10. We happily serve 4.4 million residents across a span of 48,327 miles.

    In 2014-2015, our chapter:

  • Responded to 589 local disasters.
  • Trained 43,250 individuals in preparedness, First Aid, CPR and water safety classes.
  • Supported by 2,754 dedicated volunteers.
  • Welcomed 283 Red Cross Club Members.
  • Provided 739 families with financial assistance after a local disaster
  • 1,132 military service members were supported through SAF Received
  • 4,428,725 Red Cross mobile app downloads, website visits and social media connections.

Mission

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Vision:

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...

...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

History

The American Red Cross was first established in our region in 1898 and has been providing valuable services to the community ever since. Today we continue to be one of the most trusted community organizations in the area.

  • 2015
    Volunteers from our region and across the country responded to the Butte Fire which is now considered one of the top ten most destructive wildfires in California History. The fire burned 70,868 acres and claimed the life of two individuals. It destroyed 475 homes and 343 outbuildings. With the power of volunteers and outpouring of monetary support from our community, we were able to provide shelter, food, and clothing. Immediate assistance and mental health services to those affected as well as recovery support.
  • 2014
    The American Red Cross Capital Region deployed three volunteers and one staff member to aid in response efforts following the catastrophic mudslide that swept through the community of Oso in the state of Washington.
  • 2014
    American Red Cross Gold Country Region volunteers assisted residents impacted by two large wildfires, the Boles Fire in the City of Weed (Siskiyou County) and the King Fire (El Dorado County). Volunteers provided safe shelter, food and worked effortlessly to meet the immediate emergency needs of affected residents. Soon after they began the process of “bulk distribution,” providing clean up supplies for residents as they prepared to return to their properties.
  • 2014
    The American Red Cross opened an overnight shelter at the Crosswalk Community Church in Napa following the August 24, 2014 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa, California. Families affected were also provided food, beverages, information and emotional support.
  • 2013
    Local Volunteers are deployed to Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado to provide disaster relief and support Red Cross operations. Meanwhile, chapter staff and volunteers provide sheltering to evacuees from the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County near Yosemite –one of the largest wildfires in California history.
  • 2011
    Launched the Capital Region Ready Initiative designed to improve disaster readiness throughout eleven counties in Northern California.
  • 2010
    As part of a restructuring, American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Chapters are absorbed into one chapter
  • 2010

    In the Sacramento Sierra Chapter consolidated with the San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County chapters, forming the Capital Region Chapter. In 2011, Yolo County was added to the chapter’s jurisdiction as well.

    As the Sacramento Sierra Chapter continues its second century of service, many exciting new programs are on the horizon. One recent addition is the launch of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. Each year, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of 220,000 people, a number already drastically reduced by CPR training from the 550,000 whose lives were claimed each year in the 1980s. With AED access, it is believed that nearly 50,000 of those lives could be saved each year!

  • 2009
    In response to the earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated American Samoa, the Sacramento Sierra chapter of the American Red Cross sent 15 volunteers to aid in the relief effort.
  • 2005
    The American Red Cross came to the forefront responding to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
  • 2001
    Chapter volunteers and staff assisted in the massive response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
  • 1996
    The Chapter partners with AmeriCorps to create a National Preparedness & Response Corps unit in the chapters.
  • 1990
    The 90s brought disaster relief to those who suffered the devastation of the floods of 1995 and 1997. In the final decade of our first century of service, mental health counseling was added as a new component of Disaster Response Services.
  • 1986
    The local area floods, once again illustrated the chapter’s effectiveness and the generosity of Red Cross volunteers and donors.
  • 1980
    Major earthquakes rocked Northern and Southern California throughout the 1980s. With the expansion of its jurisdiction from three to nine counties, the newly-named Sacramento Sierra Chapter responded to these disasters.
  • 1970
    CPR training and HIV Aids education were added in the late 70s when the American Red Cross became the leading national provider for CPR education and training.
  • 1950
    The Sacramento Chapter responded to the Korean police action, the five American River floods, and the Yuba City-Marysville floods of 1955.
  • 1940
    Dominated by World War II the Sacramento Chapter was plunged into 24-Hour-a-day program activity. Sacramento participated in the National War Relief Efforts with contributions of $468,037.
  • 1918
    With the onset of World War I all Red Cross efforts were thrust into high gear. The Spanish Influenza Epidemic prompted a call to every person with even the slightest of nursing knowledge to service, resulting in the addition of hygiene and home-nursing courses that supplemented Red Cross first aid courses. The extra funds left from the war were used to establish the “Baby Clinic,” whish operated until 1927, when it became part of the Sacramento Health Department. Infant mortality was successfully lowered.
  • 1917
    The American Red Cross of Northeastern California first emerged in October and has been providing valuable services to the community ever since. Today we continue to be one of the most trusted community organizations in the area.
  • 1906
    Sacramento was the first city in the land to send substantial relief to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Disaster. The magnitude of the disaster and the corresponding local and national level of assistance prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to proclaim the Red Cross “the national organization best fitted to undertake the outpouring of the Nation’s aid.”
The chapter continues to provide Red Cross services in local communities, teaching life-saving classes, assisting disaster affected individuals and families, serving military members, their families and veterans, and preparing the community for disasters