American Red Cross
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 are your values?
The American Red Cross is committed to the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement including: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
Who do you serve?
We serve victims of disaster, patients needing life-saving blood, members of the military, families who have been separated by war and disaster, clients needing transportation for emergency and basic needs, and individuals and corporations desiring CPR & First Aid training. Last year, in mid and west Michigan, the American Red Cross assisted 1,424 families experiencing disaster, delivered or followed up on over 3,500 emergency messages between service members and their families, and trained nearly 87,000 people in lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. We serve 74 counties across Michigan with a total population of 5,210,062 people. Our vital mission is funded solely through the generosity of individuals and organizations in our communities. We are not a government agency.
What do you do in general?
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. As the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organization, the Red Cross is there through every imaginable crisis—from house fires to hurricanes. Founded by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross was formed to aid domestic and overseas relief efforts. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services but maintains the mission of preventing and relieving suffering.