The American Red Cross of Illinois serves over 12.4 million people in 88 counties across Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri through a network of six chapters: Central Illinois, Greater Chicago, Illinois River Valley, Northwest Illinois, Quad Cities and West Central Illinois, and South Central Illinois. We're in our local communities every day, helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
2020 Year in Review
Highlights from our work in 2020
View some highlights from the Illinois Region showing how our volunteers, staff, and donors made a difference for thousands of people near and far.
Challenge yourself to 50 miles this fall to raise funds for people affected by disasters like storms, floods, and countless other crises. Throughout the Challenge, participants will receive messages of encouragement and fundraising tips via our supportive Facebook group.
Registration opens September 10th. Challenge starts October 1st and concludes November 5th.
The need for blood is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. You will feel good knowing you've helped change a life. Schedule an appointment at one of our locations.
Blood Donation Center Locations
Peoria Red Cross Blood and Platelet Donation Center
Hispanic Heritage Month: Erika Ochoa Serves Others Through AmeriCorps, Reflects on her Cultural Heritage
Erika is an AmeriCorps/Illinois Disaster Corps (IDC) member with the American Red Cross, and completes her 11-month term this September. Before joining the Illinois Disaster Corps (IDC) in Chicago, Erika always connected to a community of people helping out, whether locally, nationally, or globally. She found a perfect fit for humanitarian work with the Red […]
River Helmuth was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She was born at full-term and shortly after her family found out about her condition. When River was two and a half months old, she developed a cold and spent 73 days in the hospital where she underwent open heart surgery and multiple […]
“There is a critical need for blood right now, especially O+.” explained Gwen Bartoluzzi, Account Manager for Red Cross Blood Services. “With folks leaving for summer vacations, and so many disasters in the mid-west that disrupt our blood drives, the need is even greater.