American Red Cross
Contact details for American Red Cross
Name: American Red Cross (ARC) Address: National Headquarters 2025 E Street, NW United States Telephone: 703 206 6000 Website: www.redcross.org
About American Red Cross - ARC
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton and is the United States premier emergency response organization. The American Red Cross is part of a worldwide organization which offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war.
In the United States around 4 million people give blood to the Red Cross, making this organization the largest supplier of blood and products in the country.
The American Red Cross is not funded by the government. They rely on donations of time, money and blood to keep the organization running.
Over the years, the American Red Cross has expanded its services. These include:
- Disaster Services - the American Red Cross supports victims of disasters including fires, floods, earthquakes, heat waves and hurricanes. This support helps to 'pick up the pieces' after the disaster and make take the form of:
- medical help
- food safety
- water treatment
- financial help
- emergency accommodation
- Blood Services - the American Red Cross serves more than three thousand hospitals throughout the United States
- Communications Between Military Members and Families - the American Red Cross facilities communications between those serving in the Armed Forces in important events around the world and their family members back home.
- Health and Safety Safety Services - these include health and safety training in wide range of areas. From CPR and blood bourne pathogens training to HIV/AID education. From swimming and life guarding to American Red Cross Preparedness programs which help people lead healthier and safer lives.
- International Services - these include helping vulnerable people worldwide to prevent, prepare for and respond to:
- life-threatening health conditions
- complex humanitarian emergencies
- Volunteer Services - there are various opportunities to help the American Red Cross. Opportunities include:
- Disaster Services
- HIV/AIDS mentoring
- Health and Safety instructors
- Blood donor recruiter
- Youth group liaison
- Special Projects
- Youth Services - The Red Cross have been partners with the Junior Red Cross since it was founded in 1917. Services include:
- Disaster Response
- Leadership Development
- Health and Safety Services
- Biomedical Services
- School Related Activities
- International Services
- Nursing - over 30 000 nurses are involved in paid and volunteer capacities at all levels and in all service areas throughout the American Red Cross. Nursing services include:
- Functioning in governance roles
- Teaching and development courses: including CPR, first aid, Nurse Assistant Training
- Direct services including local Disaster Action Teams, volunteer in military clinics and hospitals, first aid stations, blood collection teams and health fairs.