About Us

The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region encompasses 10 chapters in a 36-county service area in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.
Our Mission

As reflected in the Red Cross mission, the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region seeks to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and other disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and resources and the provision of community, workplace and school based training.

Beyond disaster relief, the Chapter delivers Community Disaster Education, First Aid/CPR, Babysitting Training, emergency communications for every person serving in the United States Military, and other types of life-saving training to thousands of people across our region. That chapter also welcomes hundreds of new citizens through annual naturalization ceremonies.

We our here for our community whether it’s Down the Street, Across the Country or Around the World.

Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region History

In 1905, William Howard Taft, then Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt, appealed to community leaders in his home to organize an American Red Cross Chapter in Cincinnati.

In 1910, the local Red Cross began to take on new functions, opening its first classes in home care of the sick, first aid, elementary hygiene and dietetics.

In 1938 the Chapter established a blood donor service for servicemen with Dr. Paul I. Hoxworth as head of operations. Following World War II, the Blood Donor Center was closed. During its years of operation, the Center collected 335,000 pints of blood from 85,000 people. Currently, in the region the Ohio River Valley, Mason/Bracken and Ripley Chapters continue to collect blood.

In 1956 the Red Cross Chapters in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky merged with the Hamilton and Clermont County Chapters in Ohio to form the Cincinnati Area Chapter. This was the first merger of Red Cross chapters across state lines. In 1982 Brown County, Ohio, merged with the Cincinnati Area Chapter and by mid-1983 the American Red Cross National Headquarters designated the Cincinnati Area Chapter as a Key Resource Chapter with responsibility for providing administrative support to 14 other smaller chapters in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Today, the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross consists of 36- counties, which include 10community chapters; Clark County, Darke County, Dayton area, Logan County, Mason/Bracken County, Northern Miami Valley, Ohio River Valley, Southeastern Indiana and Wayne/Union County. There are more than 2,000 volunteers serving over 2 million people in the Tri-State area who show their compassion by giving their precious time, effort, knowledge and skills to the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross in order to convey, teach or spread the importance of prevention, preparation and appropriate response to emergencies

Diversity Vision Statement
Revised Version for the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region (with Diversity Committee input)

In the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, our clients, volunteers, employees, donors and suppliers will represent different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, gender, physical abilities, family responsibilities, beliefs and philosophies helping us embrace the rich diversity needed to make the Red Cross relevant, respected and successful.

Our vision is to continue to cultivate a culturally competent and inclusive American Red Cross where
  • the make-up of our volunteers, employees and donors reflects the clients and communities we serve;
  • we purchase from and partner with minority and women owned businesses in proportion to the community’s makeup; and
  • our products and services are delivered in a culturally sensitive and inclusive manner