The first Colorado-based chapter of the American Red Cross was chartered on Nov. 11, 1914. Today, there are four chapters in Colorado which is part of the Colorado & Wyoming Region. These chapters include: the Mile High Area, Northern Colorado, Western Colorado and Southeastern Colorado
The American Red Cross is not a government agency. It relies on the donations of time, money and resources from individuals in the local community, corporate partners and like-minded foundations to do its work. Red Cross Services are provided throughout Colorado thanks to the generous commitment of thousands of local volunteers who:
For Immediate Assistance:
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS, or contact your local Colorado Red Cross chapter (see list below).
Services to the Armed Forces:
If you have a military emergency, call anytime day or night: (877) 272-7337
American Red Cross Mile High Area
444 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
The American Red Cross Mile High Area serves as the Regional Chapter for the Colorado & Wyoming Region, providing disaster leadership for the region and support for five chapters in Colorado and Wyoming.
As a chapter, American Red Cross Mile High Area serves 10 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson. The Mile High Chapter also serves as the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces station for Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.
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American Red Cross of Northern Colorado
1808 N. Boise Ave, Suite 110
Loveland, CO 80538
Phone: (970) 226-5728
Fax: (970) 226-2839
The American Red Cross of Northern Colorado serves the northeast quarter of the state, including the following counties: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.
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American Red Cross of Western Colorado
506 Gunnison Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: (970) 242-4851
Fax: (970) 241-2337
The American Red Cross of Western Colorado serves the western third of the state, including the following counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel and Summit.
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American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado
1040 S. 8th St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: (719) 632-3563
Fax: (719) 632-0206
The American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado serves the southeast portion of Colorado including the counties of Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller counties. The Chapter also serves as the Service to Armed Forces station for Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
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Disaster Response Offices
700 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
Sean Killoy, Program Specialist, Disaster Services
523 N. Santa Fe,
Pueblo, CO 81003
Beatriz Portillo, Program Specialist, Disaster Services
Phone: (720) 260-4702
Regional Communications Director
Cell: (970) 261-6282
As CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, Gino Greco oversees a humanitarian operation that alleviates suffering in the face of emergencies. Under his leadership, the American Red Cross has responded to three of the most devastating disasters in Colorado history.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Gino served as President & CEO of The Wildlife Experience museum and as Chief Operating Officer of CollegeInvest.
As one who believes wholeheartedly in the importance of civic and community engagement, Gino serves on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP), the Leadership Advisory Council of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and is a member of Colorado Concern and the inaugural class of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network. He is a proud graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens Academy (Denver Division). He was recognized as a Denver Business Journal “Forty Under 40” business leaders in 2002.
Colorado and Wyoming Regional Leadership
In the spring of 1914, as tensions mounted in WWI, local visionaries saw the need to bring the services of the American Red Cross to the central mountains of the United States. Volunteers formed a loosely organized “Mountain Division of the Red Cross” consisting of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. Even before these Red Cross groups were formally recognized, their volunteers began to raise money to help the thousands of wounded soldiers on the battlefields of European nations embroiled in the conflict.
Those volunteers applied to the national American Red Cross for chapter charters, and on Nov. 11, 1914, the first Red Cross chapter charter was granted to form the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross in Colorado Springs. The Denver Chapter was chartered 10 days later, and together these chapters served Colorado through a number of locally-based, volunteer-led groups. Colorado experienced a second influx of new chapters in 1917 and 1918, with subsequent chapters added over the years. These chapters later consolidated to the five chapters we have today.
The Red Cross was entirely volunteer-run for many years. One of the most famous early volunteers was Lawrence C. Phipps, who served as the first chairman of the Red Cross chapter in Denver and later served as a United States Senator representing Colorado. Another well-known early volunteer was Spencer Penrose, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Red Cross campaigns for WWI. Penrose led a successful campaign that raised more than $200,000 for the Red Cross War relief effort, including $30,000 that he and his wife Julie personally donated to the cause.
Local Red Cross efforts quickly expanded beyond war relief to include lifesaving training, disaster relief and assistance for wounded veterans.
Red Cross volunteers began teaching First Aid classes in Colorado as early as 1915, and lifeguard classes launched in 1925. (The American Red Cross has been teaching water safety since 1914.)
The first major local disasters to which Colorado Red Cross volunteers responded were the Castlewood Dam breech in 1933 and the Monument Creek flood in 1935. Local Red Cross workers also distributed aid to assist needy families affected by the Great Depression.
Local, national and international disaster relief efforts have always played an important role in Red Cross activities in Colorado, and Colorado have residents generously supported numerous relief efforts throughout the history of the Red Cross in Colorado – starting with a fundraising drive to help victims of an earthquake in Japan in 1923 and continuing to recent disasters.
Over the course of the past century, Red Cross volunteers in Colorado have provided support for members of the military and veterans during and after every U.S. war; launched programs to teach water safety, CPR, first aid, disaster preparedness and other lifesaving skills; and provided aid during disasters large and small - here in Colorado, across the country and around the world.
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