The American Red Cross


The American Red Cross is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian organizations in the country. Founded in May of 1881 by Clara Barton, the mission of the American Red Cross is " to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies."

Today, the American Red Cross aids millions of Americans each year through its various programs. They are able to accomplish their mission through the generosity of people who not only donate their money, but also their time and talents. In 1999, Over 1.2 million people volunteered with the American Red Cross; over 40 percent of these people were youth and young adults.

Since 1884, youth have played a vital role in the American Red Cross. Youth active in the American Red Cross not only aided their fellow Americans during times of natural disaster, but also during times of warfare. The U.S. Junior Red Cross played a vital role in the efforts of the American Red Cross during World War One and Two. During these wars, members of the Junior Red Cross served to aid families and soldiers through a wide variety of projects.

Opportunities for youth to donate their time and talents are greater than ever. There are literally dozens of opportunities for youth to get involved with the American Red Cross.

Interested in learning a lifesaving skill . . . knowing what to do when disaster strikes in your community . . . jump-starting job opportunities? Check out their varied educational and training opportunities. There's something for everyone--and everyone's welcome!

For more information on how you can donate your time and talents to the American Red Cross.