American Red Cross

 

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.​

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...
...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and
...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
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.

Volunteer Testimonials

 

Edras Hidalgo

Edras Hidalgo is an American Red Cross volunteer from Brentwood, N.Y. Speaking about what initially inspired him to give back as a child, Hidalgo said: “When I was about 10 years old, back in El Salvador, we got hit by the civil war, and we got a bunch of refugees from our own people. My dad was a leader of the church, so he went to the place that took in all the refugees. Since that experience, my heart and my hands were always open for the people who’d really need it.”

Henry Chu

Henry Chu, a retired business owner from Queens, joined the American Red Cross in Greater New York as a volunteer nearly five years ago. At the Red Cross, he helps local families who have lost everything to disasters like apartment fires. Speaking about what his work with the Red Cross means to him, Chu said: “Volunteering for the Red Cross gives me a platform to be able to go out and help other people and also to meet other people that share the common goal of helping out those that are in need. The Red Cross is a family.”

Ashira Konigsburg

NYC resident Ashira Konigsburg is an American Red Cross volunteer who helps families after local disasters like fires, floods and building collapses. Speaking about the importance of her work at the scene of NYC emergencies, she said: “I have to make sure that the people affected by that fire have shoes on their feet, clothes on their back, and that they have a place to go that night. There’s so many people who don’t have a support system in the city and so if it wasn’t for the Red Cross and the work that we do, they wouldn’t have a way to recover at all.”

John Montgomery

John Montgomery is a retired superintendent that volunteers with the American Red Cross as a blood transportation specialist. Two to three times a week, he maps out cities in Ohio and delivers blood to their hospitals. Speaking about what inspires this blood recipient to volunteer in rain, sleet and snow, he said: “I don’t do it for the recognition or for getting pins and badges or points. That’s not why I’m into it. When I deliver that blood, I see faces of people that are going to be kept alive because of this, because I was in that situation.”

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*The American Red Cross is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID# 53-0196605).

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