We help our communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. The American Red Cross saves lives.
When disaster strikes, we respond with food, shelter and hope. When barriers of distance, language or warfare separate loved ones, we open lines of communication. When families, co-workers and communities must prepare for emergencies, we help them take action.
Each year in our communities, we bring together more than 1.2 thousand people to care for their neighbors, train over 82 thousand people in life-saving skills and respond to a disaster about once every other day. In emergencies large and small - a house fire, a gas leak, a flood - right here in our community or on distant shores, people can count on the Red Cross.
In the past year, we've been able to make a difference in our local community because of the generosity of our donors and support of our volunteers. Together, we provided the following programs and services:
Responded to 1,357 local disasters, helping 5, 214 people.
Mobilized nearly 3,500 volunteers within the communities we serve.
Collected more than 171,000 units of blood through blood drives and our donation centers.
Taught 66,916 people lifesaving skills through classes and training in CPR, AED, first aid and aquatics.
When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is ready to provide a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope to those affected.
We could have just the opportunity you’re looking for ... whether it's training to respond to disasters, supporting a blood drive, delivering messages to members of our military, or connecting families displaced by conflict, we hope you'll join our mission.
We collect blood every day from donors who help ensure a safe supply of blood when it’s needed.
We offer training in first aid, CPR/AED, swimming and water safety, care giving and more.
Swimming and Water Safety
At the American Red Cross, swimming lessons and lifeguarding & water safety courses are available year round – from trained professionals. Our courses can help you gain the skills and confidence necessary for enjoying recreational swimming with family and friends, or for providing care and instruction as a lifeguard.
Service to the Armed Forces
We relay urgent messages between U.S. service members and their families through our global communications.
Home Fire Campaign
The American Red Cross is launching a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years through the Home Fire Preparedness Safety Campaign.
With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities.