Since 1898, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada, has provided hope and compassion to individuals when they need it the most! Although our name has changed throughout the years, one thing remains constant – we are there when someone in need turns to us for help!
The first Red Cross Society was established in Carson City in 1898 thanks to Mrs. H.A. Lemmon who received the enthusiastic endorsement of Clara Barton. Societies were soon formed in Wadsworth, Reno, Virginia City, Elko, Austin, and Winnemucca. Eventually, as the American Red Cross became more “organized,” the Reno Chapter was chartered in 1917. The primary programs were to support the troops of World War I and to provide First Aid and Water Safety courses to our community. In 1933, the name was changed to Washoe County Chapter and services were expanded to reach all residents of Washoe County.
The Northeast Nevada Chapter was chartered in June 1917 which covered Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine Counties. In 1960, the Washoe County Chapter became the Sierra Nevada Chapter serving over 400,000 people in Northern Nevada including residents of Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties. Finally, in May 2005, the Sierra Nevada Chapter merged with the Northeast Nevada Chapter and became the Northern Nevada Chapter.
Since inception, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada has provided services to the Armed Forces, emergency relief for hundreds of families impacted by earthquakes, wildfires, floods, single-family fires, apartment fires, mobile home fires, gas leaks, windstorms, avalanche warnings, search and rescue operations, aviation accidents, train accidents, active shooter response and a mid-air collision.