About Us

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Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and alleviating suffering.

The Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross serves nearly 1.7 million people covering all of South Dakota, North Dakota and 10 counties in Western Minnesota. People in the Dakotas Region are served through more than 550 active volunteers.

Red Cross Chapters and Units formed in South Dakota beginning in 1917. For 100 years we have been serving by:

  • Sheltering, Feeding, and Caring for disaster victims
  • Teaching lifesaving skills
  • Connecting military members and their families
  • Supplying nearly half the nation’s blood
  • Providing humanitarian aid worldwide

In 2016, the region:
  • Assisted 5,147 people during emergencies or disasters
  • Provided services to 783 military members and their families, including emergency communication
  • Installed 3,575 free smoke alarms through the Home Fire Campaign
  • Trained 34,305 people in health and safety courses
  • Collected 4,886 units of blood from 4,340 people