Programs & Services

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program

Armed Forces-SAF

As a volunteer nurse on the battlefields of the American Civil War, Clara Barton saw the poor condition of the military troops firsthand. She became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.” The American Red Cross Southwest Louisiana Chapter today helps service members return home to see their families in a time of emergency. By calling us, you will access a wide variety of services available to military members and their dependents, for emergency and non-emergency situations.

  • Contact: (877) 272-7337

Learn about Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Certification


The Lifeguarding program teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

  • Contact: Louis Hicks, training coordinator, (225) 456-5556

Red Cross Disaster Services

Disaster Services

Nationally, the American Red Cross responds each year to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters. Locally, the chapter responds to a home fire or other disaster about three times a week, with the help of our Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Contact: Joe Johnson, readiness and response specialist, (337) 656-0837

Red Cross Community Resiliency

Community Resiliency

South Louisiana is one of the most at-risk areas for hurricanes. Being prepared is one of the most critical steps in one’s ability to recover from such major disasters. However, studies show that most local residents admit to being largely unprepared for these types of emergency situations. In order to raise public awareness regarding preparing for disasters, the Southwest Louisiana Chapter offers preparedness education, working to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters.

  • Jonathan Hammett, manager of Resilience, (225) 456-5616

Red Cross Health and Safety Services

Health and Safety Services

The American Red Cross Southwest Louisiana Chapter provides health and safety training that equips people of all ages to prevent, prepare for and respond to life threatening emergencies. Our health and safety courses cover more than 50 topics such as first aid and CPR, use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), babysitter's training, swimming and aquatic safety, instructor training and much more.

  • Contact: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733 2767)

Red Cross Volunteer Services

Volunteer & Youth Services

We help people in emergencies every day. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Red Cross mission and constitute 96 percent of our workforce. Our vital work is made possible by people just like you who want to make a difference in the community. The American Red Cross needs you!

  • Contact: Barbara Riester, training and leadership development manager, (225) 456-5606

Red Cross International Services

International Services

The American Red Cross helps vulnerable people around the world prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies and life-threatening health conditions. We reconnect families separated by disaster or conflict, and help other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies build vital programs.

  • Contact: Debbie McCoy, international services, (504) 620-3128

AmeriCorps program


The AmeriCorps program is made up of unique and diverse individuals committed to addressing our community’s critical needs in disaster preparation, prevention and response to emergencies. With the help of our AmeriCorps team and volunteers, your local Red Cross is ensuring quality service.

  • Contact: Barbara Riester, training and leadership development manager, (225) 456-5606

Give Blood today!

Donate Blood

The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply. Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit to find a blood drive near you. In Southwest Louisiana, blood is collected by Lifeshare Blood Centers, 214 Dr. Michael Debakey Drive, Lake Charles.

  • Contact: Lifeshare Blood Centers, (337) 436-4932