About Us

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Regional Facts

The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee serves Serving Hamilton, Bledsoe, Grundy, Sequatchie, Rhea, Marion, Polk, Bradley, Meigs & McMinn counties with Offices located in Chattanooga, Cleveland & Dayton to better serve you.

Who We Are

The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee was originally chartered in 1917 and has been providing American Red Cross services locally for over 96 years and will celebrate a milestone anniversary, our 100th birthday in 2017.

Who We Serve

The Southeast Tennessee Chapter serves a potential population of more than 725,000 including all of the residents in the counties of Hamilton, Bledsoe, Grundy, Sequatchie, Rhea, Marion, Polk, Bradley, Meigs & McMinn counties. As a community leader in delivering critical services, the American Red Cross touches the lives of more than 86,000 people annually in our community.

How We Do What We Do

The American Red Cross relies on volunteers who donate their time and money in support of the mission. Programs and services to the community are funded by public donations, grants, foundations, as well as annual support from a number of local United Ways in Southeast Tennessee. Thank you for supporting your local community through the American Red Cross. Your support is critical; the Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive government funding.

History

  • 1917
    The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee formerly Chattanooga Red Cross officially was chartered and became a chapter.
  • 1918
    Chattanooga Red Cross Nurses changed dressings of wounded soldiers on rail cars as they passed through the Chattanooga Choo Choo depot
  • 1945
    Red Cross forms Civilian Ladies Motor pool (a precursor to women in military and WACS)
  • 1950
    Red Cross takes lessons from medic training in war and pioneers civilian training in first aid. Red Cross volunteers meet at Chapter and knit sox and sweaters for soldiers over in Korea
  • 1966
    Local Red Cross Volunteers serve as ”Donut Dollies in Vietnam. Local Red Cross provides communications between families and soldiers overseas
  • 1992
    Chattanooga area floods and the Red Cross is there to help folks clean-up and get back on their feet.
  • 2005
    Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina
  • 2011
    Tornado
  • 2012
    Tornado
  • Today
    The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee is building a resilient community through disaster preparedness and response, health and safety trainings and services to military families. Thanks to the support of the American people, the Red Cross continues to respond to disasters, provide victims comfort and access to immediate needs: food, shelter, clothing, replacement medicines and medical supplies.