Programs & Services

Red Cross volunteers

Programs and Services

All programs and services of the American Red Cross are made possible by donations and volunteers. You can help strengthen our local chapter by sharing your financial resources and your time. Please make a contribution. It is easy to get involved - call or visit us for more information.

The Northeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross provides the following services:

Red Cross disaster responder handing a bottle of water to a little boy

Disaster Services

Our Disaster Volunteers stand ready to respond to disasters ranging from single family fires to major disasters including tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. They help “neighbors” on behalf of the Red Cross by providing food, clothing, shelter, medications, and other such emergency needs as an outright gift. The Red Cross is also responsible for sending Disaster Volunteers throughout the United States and all over the world in times of major disaster events. The Red Cross provides community education, including numerous disaster prevention and preparedness programs.

A little girl wearing a hijab at a Red Cross shelter

International Services

As a part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our mission is to: relieve human suffering wherever it may be found; protect life and health; ensure respect for the human being, particularly in times of armed conflict and natural disaster; help prevent disease; promote health and social welfare; and encourage voluntary service. This is accomplished through emergency response, primary health care, food security, tracing and Red Cross Messages, organizational development and dissemination of International Humanitarian Law. We assist with reunion services between people in our area and their relatives around the world, provide International Disaster Welfare information to individuals that have families located in the affected areas and promote the International Humanitarian Law throughout our area.

Red Cross Health and Safety Services

Health and Safety Services

Volunteer Instructors certify citizens in our community in health and safety services including Infant, Child, and Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), different levels of First Aid and Safety, Babysitting Courses, Back Injury Prevention, Lifeguard and Water Safety Instruction. The Red Cross also offers free swimming lessons in the summer.

Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces

Services to the Armed Forces

The American Red Cross provides an around-the-clock, around-the-world emergency communications network available to the men and women of our armed services and their families during personal emergencies. This service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a week at no cost to service personnel and their families. The Red Cross facilitates emergency messages and requests for emergency leave for service members in times of need, such as serious illness and/or death of a family member. The Red Cross works with the military to provide interest free loans and grants to service members during crisis situations.

Teen wearing Red Cross t-shirt comforting two children

Youth Services

Red Cross Youth Volunteers provided a multitude of services encompassing all of our programs. Youth volunteers provide assistance by coordinating supply drives for fire clients throughout our eleven parishes. They also have the opportunity to provide Disaster Services, nursing home visitations, and Health and Safety Services.