About Us

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Mission and Organization

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.

The American Red Cross of Maine, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

The Red Cross of Maine is led by an all-volunteer board structure, and raises 100 percent of the funds necessary to carry out our mission from local individuals, corporations, and foundations within Maine.

With offices in Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Topsham, the more than 650 volunteers that make up the American Red Cross of Maine serve the needs of our state in every community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Your Red Cross of Maine: Lines of Service


American Red Cross Disaster Services program goal is to reduce human suffering by helping people prevent, prepare for and recover from community emergencies and large scale disasters - natural or human-caused. This program is central to the overall mission of the American Red Cross.

We work with affected families to meet their immediate disaster related needs and help them develop a plan for long-term recovery. In 2012 our emergency services staff and volunteer Disaster Action Teams offered emotional support and immediate shelter, food, clothing, prescriptions, eyeglasses, and direct mental health counseling to 407 families (1,096 individuals) throughout Maine. Our volunteers also educated 3,250 individuals across the state in disaster poreparedness.


The Services to Armed Forces program provides emergency messaging, financial support, mental health support, and information services to military members, veterans, and families. Last year, your Red Cross assisted 989 military families with communications or financial air, and trained 462 individuals throughout Maine in Red Cross services and resources.


The Red Cross of Maine works within the global network of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to locate lost family members or deliver messages between people who have been disconnected due to war, crisis, or disaster. Along with engaging with ur diverse community members across the state, the Red Cross of Maine also works to provide assistance to global disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti or the tsunami in Japan. Last year, your Red Cross delivered critical and timely messages or facilitates tracing cases for 72 people across Maine.


Health and Safety Services focuses on both prevention and appropriate response to mitigate the effects of accidents and sudden illness. The services are training only (there are no direct response elements) and they reach people in hundreds of community across Maine. 10,866 People received training in First Aid, CPR, and AED. There were 7,171 Water Safety and Lifeguarding trainees, and 897 individuals trainined in Caregiving.


For more information on the ranges of services provided by our Biomedical Services, please visit www.redcrossblood.org/nne.