The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

In what is now known as the "Great Earthquake of 1906," San Francisco was shaken to pieces. More than 250,000 individuals were made homeless, 500 people died, and hundreds were injured. At this time, the Red Cross had no staff, no organization, a few thousand dollars and not one person trained in disaster relief, but President Theodore Roosevelt ordered the organization to assist. Overnight, the struggling little non-profit was faced with the large scale challenge of sheltering 35,000 homeless people, feeding 200,000 persons at the peak of the emergency, and restoring one of the country’s largest cities. All this, while helping to raise $8.5 million.

This initial success laid the groundwork for more than 100 years of service through more than 800 chapters around the nation. All guided by a single principle: to help people in need, regardless of race, religion, gender, or national origin. The Red Cross has been there, and will continue to be there—first, best and always—for disaster victims in need of food, clothing and shelter.

Chapter Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2008 [PDF, 1.11MB]
    Audited Financial Statements, Fiscal Year 2008 [PDF, 685K]

Who is leading the American Red Cross Bay Area?
Read more about our:

Board of Directors
Chapter Leadership Team
Leadership Documents/Information

It's what we do. The American Red Cross works within communities, providing relief to people who have suffered a disaster. Learn more about available opportunities.

We are always on the lookout for talented and compassionate people to become a part our organization. Take a look at our open positions today!

The Bay Area Chapter has offices and training centers in six counties. Find the location nearest you.

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