Who We Are

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Our Mission

The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. The common bonds of humanity and compassion unite us together, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day.

Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services – whenever and wherever they're called for – is unmatched by any organization in the world.

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Disaster Relief

We provide care, compassion and emergency needs when disaster strikes.

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Support for Military Families

We support members of the military, veterans and their families in coping, connecting and obtaining financial assistance.

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Health and Safety Training & Education

We train individuals, families and organizations with lifesaving skills and emergency and disaster preparedness information.


Lifesaving Blood

We collect and distribute more than 40 percent of America’s blood supply.

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International Services

We are a global leader in responding to emergencies, preparing for disasters, preventing disease and promoting humanitarian values.

These extraordinary efforts are made possible by people like you who roll up their sleeves and open their hearts to help their neighbors – by donating time, money and blood, or by taking a course to learn CPR, First Aid or other essential skills. Supported by our headquarters in Washington, D.C. and more than a thousand locations in communities across the country, our volunteers and contributors make a difference in millions of lives each year.

So who is the American Red Cross?

You are. It is through your continuous participation and support that we are able to mobilize the world's largest humanitarian network.