Programs & Services

  • Youth Red Cross service in disasters

Disaster Services

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, emergencies ranging from a fire affecting one household to larger disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes that devastate entire communities.

Red Cross man delivering an emergency communication to a military service woman

Service to the Armed Forces

The Service to the Armed Forces program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Not only did the “Angel of the Battlefield” risk her life tending to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, she bolstered their morale by writing letters for them to send to their families. Today’s American Red Cross workers proudly carry on this tradition through our military support programs.

Lifeguard Competition

Swimming & Water Safety

Saving lives in the water has been an American Red Cross tradition for nearly 100 years. Lifeguard candidates must be at least 15 years old and demonstrate strong swimming skills. Course participants learn what it takes to be a professional lifeguard.

Instructor Training

Preparedness, Emergency and CPR Training

The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of training courses in first aid, CPR, AED, life guarding, swimming, babysitting, care giving, and other areas for both individuals and organizations. We are the most trusted training provider of health and safety training that meets OSHA guidelines and many other professional and regulatory standards. Many self-study classes are available online and you can also register for classroom courses.

Visit the American Red Cross Take a Class page to learn more about our programs or download a printable listing of First Aid/CPR/AED and Babysitter Classes for the Carolina Piedmont Region for the chapter nearest you.

Class Schedules:

  • Cabarrus County Chapter
  • Catawba Chapter
  • Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter
  • Gaston County Chapter
  • Greater Carolinas Chapter
  • Lake Norman Office
  • Lincoln County Office
  • Stanly County Chapter
  • Union County Chapter