Celebrating 100 Years

American Red Cross - Dayton Area Chapter

A Century of Service

For the last 100 years, the American Red Cross has been there for people in Greater Dayton during the moments when they needed us. Since our chapter was chartered in 1917, we have helped thousands of people affected by local disasters including home fires, floods, tornadoes and seasonal emergencies. From health and safety classes, to supporting military members, their families and veterans, the Red Cross has helped make our community safer and more prepared for what may come in the next 100 years.

Although a local presence had not been established at the time of the historical 1913 Dayton flood, other local American Red Cross chapters sent volunteers to assist victims of the disaster with food, clothing and shelter. The value of the Red Cross Chapter during that disaster became the driving force behind the creation of what is today the Dayton-Area Chapter.

Initially, the Red Cross had separate chapters in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties, all of which 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.

Through the years the Chapter has provided a wide variety of different functions, from emergency housing programs to operating the area’s Emergency Food Bank for more than two decades. While today the Red Cross has a more focused approach to its operations, it remains centered around the overall American Red Cross mission: To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Giving, Serving, Sharing

The Dayton-Area Chapter asks you to join us during this year of celebration by offering your gifts of time, money and memory.
Tell Your Story
Tell Your Story!

Your Red Cross stories of the past can be a part of our centennial celebration.

Dayton Area - Centennial History
Learn More

Read more historical accounts about the Dayton Red Cross in Memoirs of the Miami Valley - Volume Two.

Red Cross of Cincinnati - Dayton Centennial Volleyball Tournament

Help the Dayton Red Cross Associate Board celebrate 100 years of serving our community!

Saturday, May 13th

Join our Centennial Sand Volleyball Tournament

Watch And Learn About The Red Cross In Our Community


These American Red Cross Centennial Sponsors are key partners with the Red Cross as we celebrate 100 years of humanitarian service. Together, the following companies are helping build the foundation for another 100 years of Red Cross presence in Dayton.

To find out how you, your organization or your business can play a part in Red Cross history and be a visionary for the future of the American Red Cross in Dayton, contact Laura Shepherd at laura.shepherd@redcross.org.

Thank You To Our Centennial Commitee

  • Todd Collins, Community Volunteer
  • Jennifer Cunningham, Veterans Administration
  • Kelsea Ellerman, Sinclair Community College Intern
  • Seth Gordon, Wright State University
  • Patrick Kelly, US Bank
  • Tony Lemen, Messer Construction
  • Phil Parker, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cassia Patten, American Red Cross
  • Cory Paul, American Red Cross
  • Laura Seyfang, American Red Cross
  • Laura Shepherd, American Red Cross
  • Michael Smith, Goldshott, Lamb and Hobbs
  • Rebecca Strobridge, American Red Cross
  • Carleen Suttman, Board Member