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:
- Disaster Relief. Nationwide we respond to approximately 70,000 disasters every year. These range from home fires that affect a single family to tornadoes that affect thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.
- Supporting America’s Military Families. We help military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Annually we help 150,000 military families and veterans with emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources.
- Lifesaving Blood. Each year four million people donate blood through the Red Cross, making us the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S.
- Health and Safety Services. We are the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, first aid and lifeguard training. Every year, more than nine million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and others who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
- International Services. We are part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people around the world.
The Western Missouri Region serves 3.5 million people in 62 counties (five of which are along the state line in Kansas). The region is comprised of three chapters – Greater Kansas City (headquartered in Kansas City), Northwest Missouri (headquartered in St. Joseph) and Southern Missouri (headquartered in Springfield).