The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States. We serve more than 3.6 million people and cover nearly 10,000 square miles in San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa.
We provide food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of our armed forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills and more.
Our region responds to a local emergency nearly every 24 hours and is supported by more than 2,000 volunteers. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
The vision of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is to be the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies.
Our History: The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties first emerged in 1898 as the result of assistance efforts during the Spanish-American War. Led by Harriet Ballou, the region’s first board chair, early members collected and delivered bandages, surgical supplies, fruits and vegetables to soldiers in need in Santiago, Cuba.
Over the next several decades, the local Red Cross supported military members and their families, provided disaster relief and assisted in health and safety preparedness initiatives. The region’s achievements during the mid-20th century include sending more than four million surgical supply items during World War II, participating in the first mass anti-polio inoculation for adults in the 1950s and providing medical aid and relocation assistance at Camp Pendleton for more than 38,000 refugees of the Vietnam War.
Today, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties continues to provide its invaluable services to the community by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.