American Red Cross

  • April 2, 2016. Arlington, Virginia. The American Red Cross works with the Arlington Fire Deparment to distribute free smoke alarms and fire education to area residents. 
Photos by Dennis Drenner for the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Serving South Central Illinois provides vital services to our community including disaster relief, health and safety classes, blood collection and services to our military members and their families. In 2017, the Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of service in our community.

The Red Cross, through a strong network or volunteers, donors and partners is prepared to respond from single-family home fires to large-scale natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods. The Red Cross is ready to provide clean water, safe shelter, hot meals, and health services when people need them most.

Volunteers constitute more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. The Red Cross offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including disaster response, assisting with community blood drives, working with our military community and serving in leadership roles. Red Cross Volunteer Specialists work with new volunteers to find the right opportunity based on interests, skills and availability. The Red Cross provides training for volunteers and the opportunity to deploy to assist with disasters in other regions of the U.S.

Red Cross volunteers and staff are working on a new initiative: Sound the Alarm Save a Life, which is part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. The Red Cross in collaboration with local fire departments and other community partners is working to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. To accomplish this goal, volunteers are visiting homes to install free smoke alarms and help residents learn about home fire safety including how to create a home fire escape plan. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For information about the Home Fire Campaign, and how to get involved in your community, visit If you, or someone you know, is in need of smoke alarms, please visit the site and click on the request a smoke alarm link.

Your financial donation helps support services provided by the American Red Cross. Your support of the American Red Cross makes a difference—down the street, across the country and around the world.

A gift of any size supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross whether it is responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, or assisting our military members and their families.

Please visit or call 844-319-6560 – if you need help or want to help. The American Red Cross is grateful for the past 100 years of support from the community and we look forward to serving for the next 100 years.

Photo 1: Trained Red Cross volunteers provide comfort and care to those affected by disasters such as home fires, floods and tornadoes. Volunteers help with immediate needs including a safe place to stay, food, medications and referrals to other resources for recovery.

Photo 2: Red Cross volunteers work in partnership with local fire departments and other organizations to install free smoke alarms and help residents create home fire escape plans. #EndHomeFires

Photo 3: The Red Cross is strengthening communities by installing smoke alarms one home at a time. The Red Cross has installed more than 10,000 free smoke alarms in the Central and Southern Illinois Region. #EndHomeFires

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