As reflected in the Red Cross mission, the Dayton-Area Chapter seeks to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and other disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and resources and the provision of community, workplace and school based training.
Beyond disaster relief, the Chapter delivers Community Disaster Education, First Aid/CPR, Military Support, Family Housing, and other types of life-saving training to thousands of people across the Dayton area each year.
The Montgomery, Greene, and Preble County Chapters of the American Red Cross were established in 1917. At that time, Red Cross services included disaster relief, assistance to members of the military and their families, safety and health education, and nursing. In 1960, the three local chapters merged to form the Dayton-Area Chapter. Emergency/disaster services, health and safety education, assistance to armed forces personnel, and emergency housing now form the foundation of the local Red Cross mission.
Rapid response to immediate community need is well ingrained in Chapter history. Although a local presence had not been established at the time of the historical 1913 Dayton flood, the American Red Cross assisted victims of the disaster with food, clothing and shelter. In cooperation with the Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Chapter established the Montgomery County Emergency Housing Program in 1981. In 1990, the chapter opened a second emergency housing facility in Greene County. Additionally, the Chapter assumed responsibility for the operation of the area’s Emergency Food Bank from 1983 through 2004.
The most notable collaboration is with the community, as the organization relies on the efforts of more than 1,200 volunteers to provide services to Montgomery, Greene, and Preble County residents. The Dayton-Area Chapter is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that develops policy, oversees strategic planning and provides direction for chapter programs and services.
The Chapter was recognized as the Dayton Business Journal’s 2005 Not For Profit Business Of The Year and was a 2009 finalist for the same honor. The Chapter was nominated for the 2010 Better Business Bureau Eclipse Award for operational integrity. During the four years in which the National organization used a balanced scorecard, the Chapter was the only operation in Ohio to be recognized as “Highly Performing” for two consecutive years. This designation was achieved by only 10% of Chapters nationwide.
On July 1, 2011, the Dayton Region and the Cincinnati Region joined forces. Today, that region includes 27 counties, ranging from Shelby and Logan counties to the north down, to Grant County, Ky., to the south. It also extends to Jackson and Lawrence counties to the east, and includes two counties in Indiana.