The lifesaving mission of the Red Cross continues even during this pandemic. Here are a few of the changes we've put into place and some ways you and your organizations can get involved.
We are working with state, county and municipal public health officials and other leaders to put plans in place to keep local communities and our workforce safe while still providing emergency shelter and comfort after disasters of all sizes.
We've added extra health and safety steps for staff, volunteers and clients. When at all possible, our work is being carried out remotely and virtually, though with all of the same compassion and drive you've come to expect from the Red Cross.
We have postponed our spring "Sound the Alarm. Save a Life" events in Milwaukee, Madison and Altoona until further notice.
If you are healthy and able, you're encouraged to give blood or platelets in the weeks ahead to help maintain a sufficient, blood supply and prevent shortages. (Note: we do not provide COVID-19 tests. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your doctor or healthcare professional.)
Beginning June 15, the Red Cross has added testing for COVID-19 antibodies. For more information on this program and, if you're healthy, to make an appointment, VISIT REDCROSS BLOOD.
What You Can Do
Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this health crisis. Please rest assured that we are working with public health officials to help keep local communities and our volunteer safe. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community. We even have a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, life’s emergencies don’t stop — and neither does the work of the American Red Cross. This is the time to take care of one another. Please help support all of the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross by donating to Where It Is Needed Most.
Our response to this unprecedented pandemic is possible because of many partners, including the following generous supporters:
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