Every March, we honor those who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible.
We invite you to join us by attending an event, volunteering, giving blood, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial donation.
The Red Cross is here for you. Please call us: Peoria: (309) 677-7272 or Bloomington: (309) 662-0500 for assistance.
Visit our Get Help page for additional resources.
Blood that is donated through the American Red Cross helps patients of all ages including cancer and sickle cell patients, trauma and burn patients, and patients with chronic diseases. Take a look at our eligibility requirements and schedule an appointment to give blood today. A one-time blood donation can save more than one life!
The American Red Cross provides help for members of the military, veterans, and their families to prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. Learn how our nonprofit helps active military members and veterans in Central Illinois.
The American Red Cross offers a selection of classes where you can learn and become certified in various lifesaving skills. Our nonprofit near you has both online and in-person options for CPR certification and CPR classes, first aid and water safety training, and child care training.
It’s easy to get involved with the Red Cross in Central Illinois. Local opportunities include becoming a trained disaster relief response volunteer helping people affected by home fires; supporting trauma, cancer, and other patients in need by donating blood, platelet, and plasma at our local blood donation center; and learning CPR, First AID, and other lifesaving skills that will prepare you to respond to emergencies.
The best way to provide immediate relief to your neighbors facing emergency situations is through a monetary donation. Our disaster assistance programs rely heavily on the generous financial support of citizens in the Illinois region. Even if you only have a few dollars to spare, your donation to American Red Cross disaster relief will make a significant difference in the lives of those facing disasters. Make a one-time donation today either online, by phone, or by mail, or set up a recurring monthly donation to make an even bigger difference.
The humanitarian work that we do at American Red Cross would not be possible without our volunteers. We have a variety of disaster relief volunteer opportunities available, as well as potential positions focused on facility management, health and safety, service to the Armed Forces, and professional specialties like photography, IT, and more. Check out our current volunteer opportunities near you in Central Illinois.
Host a charity stream by playing your favorite video games while raising life-saving funds to help those in need. You can also fundraise your way by energizing your community through celebrating a special occasion or being creative to help to those in need.
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Lyn Hruska joined the American Red Cross in 1997, as the Executive Director for the Bloomington, IL chapter. In 2013. She was promoted to Regional Development Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – responsible for annual fundraising through individual and corporate donors, special events and grants.
In June of 2016, Lyn was again promoted, this time to Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. As the Regional CEO, Lyn oversaw 30 paid staff and more than 2,000 volunteers.
Lyn now serves as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross Serving Central Illinois in our new Illinois Region.
Lyn is active in numerous community organizations and events and is extremely dedicated to the Red Cross mission. She exemplifies the values of the American Red Cross through her passion to help others.
Tim Gronewold – Chair of the Board, Howard and Howard
Deanna Baele, David Vaughan Investments
Tim Bassett, PointCore Construction
Lindsey Birkel, Caterpillar
Amanda Campbell, Davis & Campbell Law
Misty Dykema, Simantel
Emily Geerts, PNC Bank
Kyle Ham, ELM
Mark Hansen, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen
Robert Heitzman, Caterpillar
Andrew Honegger, Morton Community Bank
Jennifer Junis, OSF
Eric Larson, Illinois American Water
Derek McCully, KSA Lighting & Controls, Central IL
Carrie McMillion, UnityPoint Health
Jeanette Murray, UnityPoint Health – Methodist
David Sumner, Commerce Bank
Jeffry Tillery, CEO, OSF Medical Group
Deb Smith – Chair of the Board
Valerie Alekseevna Abushavich, University of Illinois Student Rep
Cathy Allen, Retired, Clifton Larson Allen
Bernie Anderson, Nicor Gas
Melissa Beaver, Heritage Enterprises
Matthew Coleman, State Farm
Clinton Brown, Highland Properties
Steve Dobski, Blooming Tree Wealth Management
Derek Floyd, Clifton, Larson, Allen
Karen Hanson, Retired
Michelle Houchin, Adkisson Search
Josh Krueger, Integrity Technology Solutions
David Laube, Financial Design Group
Nick Moran, Commerce Bank
Dr. Tom Nielsen, The Vein Specialist
Brad Peterson, Caterpillar
Lindsey Smith, Community Leader
Beverly Tomita, University of Illinois Student Rep
Rena Weyrauch, Ernst & Young
Wendy Wilber, Wilber Group
Barry Winterland, The Pantagraph
Scott Zimmerman, U.S. Bank