The American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley serves Dutchess and Ulster Counties. On November 1, 1909, a group of people joined a small but rapidly-growing international movement, and founded a volunteer organization dedicated to providing assistance in time of war and disaster.
One hundred years later, much remains the same at the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. We still provide what is sometimes the only emergency communications link between deployed armed forces members and their loved ones here in both Dutchess and Ulster Counties. We still work every day to help those in need, especially after disasters both small and large. At fires and floods, you still see someone in Red Cross attire helping victims and providing support for emergency service workers. Our volunteers are still your next-door neighbors, friends and co-workers.
Our trained and certified instructors can help you save lives and meet special job requirements. When an emergency strikes, every second counts. Knowing how to help can mean the difference between life and death. That's why the American Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared to respond to life-threatening situations by taking Health & Safety classes.
The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross was established in July of 2011 after the consolidation in the Dutchess and Ulster Counties, with 715 dedicated volunteers serving a population of 479,355 people.
In the last year, the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross:
Responded to 68 local disasters, primarily house fires, affecting 139 families. When disasters happen, we respond immediately with a safe place to sleep, aid for food, replacement medications and clothing, crisis counseling and a shoulder to learn on for support.
Trained 7,358 people to save lives through CPR, first aid, water safety, use of automated external defibrillators, childcare, pet first aid, care giving and more.
Prepared 1,326 individuals for disasters through our free education initiative, Be Red Cross Ready. Through this program, the Red Cross teaches individuals, families and organizations basic steps to prepare for emergencies.
Assisted the NY-Penn Blood Region in the collection of 81,854 units of blood for use at hospitals throughout our region.
Connected 163 local military families during critical life moments, such as births and deaths; and educated 1,065 military families as well about our emergency communication services with our "Get to Know Us Before You Need Us" briefing prior to loved one' deployments.