Who We Are The first President of the American Red Cross was Clara Barton, who had served as a nurse during the U.S. Civil War. Having petitioned Congress for better access to the battlefields to treat the wounded, and traveling between battles, she had knowledge of troop movements around the Country. With this information, when the war had ended, Clara Barton was tasked by President Lincoln to manage the search for missing soldiers and prisoners of war. Who We Are Afterward, Clara Barton travelled to Europe, where she met with members of the International Red Cross, with whom she remained in contact after her return to the United States. In 1881, after being petitioned by Clara Barton on behalf of the International Red Cross, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Geneva conventions. Thus, the American Red Cross was born, receiving an official Congressional charter, recognizing it as an independent partner of the United States government. Who We Are “An institution or reform movement that is not selfish must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.” -- Clara Barton Founder of the American Red Cross Who We Are “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” - Official Mission Statement Proudly Serving Eight Counties in Southern Middle Tennessee • • • • Rutherford Bedford Cannon Coffee • • • • Franklin Moore Lincoln Marshall Total Population: Approximately 500,000 DISASTER SERVICES When a family loses their home as the result of a fire or natural disaster, the Red Cross responds by providing that family with assistance for food, clothing, temporary lodging and information on other community resources to help them through a tough time, while they get back on their feet. 7 DISASTER SERVICES • We have 278 registered volunteers • We have helped 426 people in 146 families • Multiple volunteers have helped other Chapters with a disaster 8 SERVICES TO ARMED FORCES When a member of our armed services is deployed and has a family emergency at home, your American Red Cross connects that service member with their family, and coordinates information with the armed services, so that military family can get the support they need. We also follow up with the family to assure that they have information on various service agencies in their community, whose help they may require. 9 SERVICES TO ARMED FORCES • Approximately 500 service members and their families briefed on Red Cross services • Over 100 Emergency Communication Messages transmitted • Total of 450 requests for services handled • Other highlights: – Successful Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign – Implementation of a Horticulture Therapy program at the State Veteran’s Home 10 HEALTH AND SAFETY PREPAREDNESS • Approximately 4,500 people trained in lifesaving skills • Approximately 12,000 Preparedness and Education students in local schools • Approximately 3,800 people downloaded our free mobile apps • Approximately 305,000 used Digital Reach accessing our information 11 Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in. 12 BLOOD SERVICES • Approximately 6,000 people who donated whole blood or platelets at the Murfreesboro fixed site 13 14 The American Red Cross is an independent non-profit organization. We rely entirely on the generosity of donations from the American public to fulfill our mission in communities throughout the Nation. 15 Thank you for your support.