A Century of Service
For the last 100 years, the American Red Cross has been there for people in the Ohio River Valley 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.
Initially, the Red Cross had chapters throughout the six counties—Lawrence, Jackson, Scioto, Pike, Adams and Brown. Through the years the Chapter has provided a wide variety of functions, including disaster relief, assistance to members of the military and their families, safety and health education, blood donations and nursing. 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.