About Us

  • About the American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa
     

The American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa/Kansas Region serves the more than 4 million people living in Nebraska, Kansas, and three counties in Southwest Iowa that are part of the Omaha metropolitan area. The Region provides vital services to the area 365 days a year—from responding to home fires in local neighborhoods to teaching first aid and CPR to community groups.

We’re able to provide these services thanks to a corps of more than 4,000 dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our donors. The American Red Cross puts these donations to good use. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

How do we do it? By practicing what we preach: preparedness. We train our volunteers. We plan ahead for the types of disasters that strike in our community. And we train individuals, businesses and community groups so they too, can be prepared.


Facts at a Glance - Nebraska/SW Iowa 2011-2012

182,293
blood and platelet donations were given by generous donors in the Midwest Blood Services Region to support hospital patients in need.

28,000
nutritious hot meals were delivered to elderly and homebound people in Council Bluffs by caring volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program.

24,649
people are now trained to save a life using CPR, first aid, and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

24,157
individuals are more resilient through disaster preparedness information and training.

19,853
youth and adults are safer in and around water because of Red Cross swimming and lifeguard training.

19,049
people connected with the Red Cross to get personalized information and referrals to community resources.

16,299
military personnel and family members attended workshops on the many Red Cross services tailored to support their needs.

5,409
members of families in crisis received help paying utility bills.

3,718
volunteers served their community through Red Cross disaster relief, education, governance, and administration.

2,980
Service to Armed Forces contacts were made, including emergency messages and urgent news delivered to service members and their families.

1,575
people counted on the Red Cross for shelter, food, clothing and mental health counseling, following an emergency or disaster.

779
youth demonstrated practical skills, leadership and responsibility to earn their certification in Babysitter’s Training.

340
public events in Lincoln were made safer by the presence of trained First Aid Services Team Volunteers.