About Us

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

The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Thanks to over 500 community volunteers, we live our mission each day by providing critical programs that meet a variety of community needs. These programs include Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Preparedness and Health & Safety Services (PHSS) and International Services. We are able to provide these services thanks to the generous financial support of individuals and organizations that want to make a difference in our community.

History of the American Red Cross in Northeast Indiana

Shortly after the founding of the American Red Cross in 1881, the organization began to have an impact on the Fort Wayne area. Among the earliest Red Cross volunteers were two Summit City physicians, Dr. W. W. Barnett and Dr. Charles Barnett. Fifteen other Fort Wayne citizens joined this group, and in late 1916, the Fort Wayne Chapter was organized. On January 22, 1917, the national headquarters of the American Red Cross officially authorized the Fort Wayne Chapter.

Through the years, other Red Cross chapters have joined together with the Fort Wayne Chapter to fulfill the Red Cross mission in northeastern Indiana. Today, the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana proudly serves individuals and organizations in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties and is committed to maintaining and expanding the emergency preparedness and response services that have made this a more resilient community.

The support the American Red Cross has received from the individuals and organizations of northeastern Indiana is outstanding...both in terms of participation and financial support. We also are honored to be affiliated with the United Ways of Adams, Allen, DeKalb,, Huntington, Noble, Steuben Wells and Whitley, and counties and participate in their annual campaigns.