About Us

Historic poster of a little boy proudly pointing to his Red Cross pin asking people to "Join!"

As reflected in the Red Cross mission, the Rock River 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 and safety training to thousands of people across our region to help people prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies.

Our History

  • 1914
    Rockford Red Cross Chapter was chartered in response to community needs.
  • 1915
    The Rockford Chapter expanded to become the Winnebago County Chapter, which served all rural and suburban areas in the county.
  • 1965
    The chapter expanded to include Boone, Winnebago, and Ogle counties. At that point, the chapter changed its name to be the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross.
  • Today
    Over 400,000 people reside in the Rock River Chapter service area including: Boone, Winnebago, Lee and Ogle Counties.