The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross received its charter in June 1914.
Our first major disaster response was for the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917.
Our chapter opened the first blood plasma bank in the South in 1942 to support the U.S. military. We launched a community blood program after WWII.
One of our most famous volunteers was Margaret Mitchell, legendary author of Gone WithThe Wind, who was often pictured in her Red Cross uniform.
Today, we carry out our Red Cross mission in metro Atlanta with the help of 1,300 registered volunteers. (The ratio of local volunteers to paid employees is approximately 22:1)
In 2010, the Metro Atlanta Chapter assumed leadership responsibility for the Georgia Red Cross Regional and its network of chapters statewide.
In 2014, we celebrated our Metro Atlanta Centennial over a 100 day period through special events, including the launch of our Centennial Stories Project.
2004: Hurricane Season: Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne
2004: Fundraising for South Asia/East Africa Tsunami
2005: Hurricane Season: Cindy & Dennis…Then KATRINA-Rita-Wilma
2006: Americans Repatriated to Atlanta from Lebanon
2007: Bluffton University Bus Crash in Atlanta
2008: City of Atlanta Tornado
2009: Fundraising for Haiti Earthquake
2009: Georgia Floods
2011: Georgia Spring Tornadoes
2012-13: Volunteers sent to Hurricane Sandy
2014: Snow and Ice storms in Georgia
2015: An unprecedented season of home fire response in Georgia