Changing lives… in our community, across the country and around the globe… under one trusted symbol. A pretty powerful statement, but a true reflection of the humanitarian work being done by your local American Red Cross every day in central, north central and western Massachusetts. The next time you are in a room full of people, take a moment to consider how many of these friends, coworkers or strangers have been touched by the American Red Cross. Maybe they gave blood, needed blood, or took a CPR and first aid class. Perhaps the Red Cross sent an emergency communication to a loved one serving in the armed forces overseas. Or, Red Cross trained home health aides and nurse assistants are taking care of their elderly parents. People are often quite surprised by the number of their neighbors who have experienced the horror of a fire in their home and remember that the Red Cross was the first to arrive on the scene with blankets, coffee and compassion. If you look closely, you truly can find a little piece of the Red Cross most anywhere you look, ready to carry out our mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.

Many do not realize that although the American Red Cross is mandated by the federal government to provide disaster relief, the organization receives no federal funding to do so – we rely on the generosity of fellow citizens. We also rely on the dedication of volunteers who lead our organization at all levels from the members of the board to the responders to disasters. We are here not only for you, but because of you. The Red Cross has seen the human spirit put to the test time and time again – and has experienced the resiliency of that spirit. We are truly grateful to all of you who support our chapters through your gifts of time, money and blood and are proud to maintain our commitment of helping our neighbors in need when help can’t wait.

The American Red Cross of Central MA has been providing lifesaving services to Middlesex and Worcester counties since 1909. The chapter has strong roots in the community and deep relationships with the people that live there.