As reflected in the Red Cross mission, the Central Valley Region Chapter seeks to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural and human-caused 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, and other types of life-saving health & safety training to thousands of people across our region to help people prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies.
This training targets underprivileged youth and families living in disaster-prone neighborhoods and/or at-risk for negative health outcomes.
The Red Cross is also the Congressionally-mandated agent of communication between every person serving in the United States Military and their family members.
The American Red Cross has been a part of the communities in Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare and Kings and Kern Counties since it was first charted 95 years ago. Through those many years, citizens of the area volunteered their time, energy and funding to save lives, teach the youth to swim, maintained important communication with military deployed around the world and their families and responded to disasters large and small throughout our community and the nation.
The American Red Cross Central Valley has been there to help the community during the 1983 Coalinga Earthquake, the 1994 Big Creek Forest Fire, the 2008 Telegraph Wildfire in Mariposa County and the California Wildfires in 2007.
Last Year the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter responded to 545 single-family disasters, that is approximately two disasters every day and the Red Cross volunteers provided clothing, food, temporary shelter and a hug to these families. The chapter provided emergency communication and assistance to 5,637 military personal and their families; certified 35,359 individuals in CPR/First Aid and Water Safety; and educated 109,969 citizens about disaster preparedness.
The active role the American Red Cross Central Valley has played in the community for the last 94 years will continue and there has never been a better opportunity to make a difference than to get involved and support the efforts of the 671 volunteers that make up your local chapter of the American Red Cross.