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Tri-County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Southern MD Red Cross Assists in Good Times and Bad

American Red Cross logoEvery eight minutes, someone affected by disaster is helped by donations to the American Red Cross. On average, the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region, which includes the Southern Maryland chapter, provides help to Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia families four times each day.

After disasters, the Red Cross provides services including necessities like shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning, and other assistance thanks to the generosity of financial donors and the commitment of volunteers. Disaster services is one of five lines of service provided by the American Red Cross. Others include Service to the Armed Forces, International Services, Preparedness, Health & Safety Services, and Biomedical Services.

The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Volunteers accomplish 90 percent of the humanitarian work accomplished by the Red Cross.

In the tri-county area alone, there are over 109 Red Cross volunteers. They can be found distributing coffee and delivering holiday cards to veterans in Charlotte Hall, assisting with outpatient care at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, preparing, responding, or helping in disaster recovery from home fires or floods. There are also Red Cross youth clubs in Calvert and St. Charles high schools.

In the past year, the Greater Chesapeake Region of the Red Cross handled more than 950 emergency responses including flooding, mass shootings, and about 870 home fires. The Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region also:

  • Provided nearly 2,300 case services to military members, veterans, and their families
  • Collected more than 87,000 units of red blood cell products
  • Enrolled more than 80,000 people in lifesaving courses like first aid, CPR and AED

The need for volunteers and donations is constant. All skillsets are welcome and leadership opportunities exist managing and supporting teams of volunteers or mentoring students.

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