American Red Cross

Established on May 21, 1881

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Vision Statement

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that our communities are ready and prepared for disasters.

The American Red Cross

Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions.

People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in the Red Cross.

Short History On The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross was founded in Washington D.C on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton and some of her acquaintances. Clara led the Red Cross for 23 years. The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900. Before World War I the Red Cross introduced its first aid, water safety and public health nursing programs. The war caused the organization to grow exponentially. When the war ended, the Red Cross enhanced its programs in safety training, accident prevention, home for the sick and nutrition education and it provided relief for victims of major disasters. After World War II, the Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program. In the 1990s the Red Cross expanded it's services in civil defense, CPR/AED training, HIV/AIDS education and support in the wake of disasters.

Today, The American Red Cross provides care in these areas:

  • People affected by disasters in America
  • Support for members of the military and their families
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • Health and safety education and training
  • International relief and development

Clara Barton

On a trip to Europe, Clara Barton saw how the International Red Cross helped people in need and in 1881 she founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Clara Barton was also the organization's first president. She was born on December 25, 1881 and died on April 12, 1912. Clara Barton was also an educator and nurse.

In addition to to helping millions of people through the American Red Cross, Clara Barton's good character shined during the civil war when she collected and distributed supplies for the union army and served as an independent nurse.

Did You Know

  • An average of 91 cents out of every dollar that you donate goes to fulfill our humanitarian mission. Everything we do depends on the needs of the people that we serve.
  • The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and the generosity of people like you to perform our mission.
  • The American Red Cross is part of the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries.
  • 10 million people learn emergency skills such as CPR through the Red Cross every year.
Donate To The Red Cross

Provide people in crisis today with hope for tomorrow.

Simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 to Disaster Relief through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill next month.

Contact The Red Cross


National Headquarters Staff Directory

American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Find Your Local Red Cross Chapter

American Red Cross Official Website

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