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.
WHAT WE DO
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet.
Supporting America’s Military Families
The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.
Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply. Although the Red Cross does not collect blood in Colorado, Red Cross blood is distributed in the state.
Health & Safety Services
The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. The Red Cross has vaccinated over 1 billion children worldwide in an effort to eradicate measles and rubella. For those affected by war, conflict and disaster the Red Cross reconnects families, provides technical assistance, and assists in preparedness and recovery efforts. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.