American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter
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The mission of the American Red Cross is to provide relief to victims of disasters and to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It is a volunteer driven organization and as such depends on the continuing support of a dedicated volunteer corps to fulfill its mission.
The Central Maryland Chapter's (Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard Counties) volunteers are trained and ready in anticipation of emergencies and other community needs. The chapter responds to, on average, three fires a day. Once the fire trucks leave our volunteers are there to provide emergency needs such as food, clothing, and shelter for disaster victims. Equally important is our commitment to teaching the community life saving skills such as life guarding, CPR, and First Aid. The Red Cross also plays a vital role as the link between those serving in the armed forces and their families.
The American Red Cross was established in 1881 in the United States. It received a congressional charter in 1905; that same year the chapter in Baltimore was founded. Since that time the Central Maryland chapter has provided the community with crucial services to prevent and relieve human suffering.
From the Baltimore Beltway (695) take the Jones Falls Expressway South to Northern Parkway passing Reisterstown Road. Turn left onto Metro Drive, left onto Mt. Hope Drive, and a right into the parking lot of the American Red Cross.
Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Reisterstown Plaza Station
Walking distance: 10 minutes
Nearest Bus Stop: Number 27 - Reisterstown Plaza Station, 10 minute walk
- Available volunteer opportunities (as of August 2009)
- Blood Services (Transportation driver, Blood drive volunteer)
- Clerical positions in many departments (Donor management, Marketing communications)
- Emergency Services
- Youth Community Disaster Education (CDE) - teach elementary through college-level students how to be prepared for a disaster (volunteer presenters needed, training provided) - contact the Youth Disaster Education Coordinator, Cheryll Abreu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-624-2028.
- Financial Development
- Food Prep/Service/Delivery Fundraising
- Grant Writing
- Health Services (HIV Research Assistant, Equipment Aide)
- Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center (Translator, Office support staff)
- Marketing (website work)
- Public Relations (Speakers, Mascot)
- Red Cross Multiple Sclerosis Bowling Program
- Youth Services