About Us

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Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

What We Do

The Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross serves nearly 900,000 people covering all of North Dakota and 10 counties in Western Minnesota. The people of the Dakotas Region are served through 650 active volunteers that provide the following services:
  • Immediate, short-term disaster assistance for victims of fires, floods, winter and summer storms and other natural or man-made disasters
  • Community disaster education
  • Safety classes for adults and youth
  • Emergency kits and supplies
  • International communication to locate family members separated by disaster or warfare
  • Emergency communication for military families
  • The chapter also mobilizes local volunteers and resources to help respond to disasters across the nation.
In 2015, the region:
  • Served 660 families/individuals in disaster services last year
  • Had over 2,900,000 digital reaches across our footprint
  • Served 403 families in the Armed Forces with emergency communication and needs
  • Volunteer workforce put in over 120,000 hours
  • Had over 19,000 people reached in our preparedness program efforts
  • Trained 33,000 participants in health and safety courses like CPR, babysitting, lifeguarding across our footprint
  • Collected over 4,200 blood donations last year
The Dakotas Region covers 82,979 square miles

Join Us

It’s easy to get involved. You can make all the difference. Here’s how:

Donate Blood

As a blood donor, you are able to donate every two months or so, and the more blood you give the more lives you can save.

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With your financial donations, you can transform lives, including your own. Standing right beside every volunteer is a donor who makes our work possible.

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Take an American Red Cross class to learn how to save a life, assist others in disasters, swim or babysit.

Woman Child Volunteer


You have multiple opportunities to volunteer and add value to your community – join a Disaster Action Team, help organize an event, instruct a course.

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If you need emergency help, or would like to know how to help, please contact us.