Clara Barton Founder of the American Red Cross

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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
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Rutherford
Bedford
Cannon
Coffee
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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.
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DISASTER SERVICES
• We have 278 registered volunteers
• We have helped 426 people in 146 families
• Multiple volunteers have helped other
Chapters with a disaster
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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.
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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
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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
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Sleeves up. Hearts open.
All in.
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BLOOD SERVICES
• Approximately 6,000 people who donated
whole blood or platelets at the
Murfreesboro fixed site
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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.
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Thank you for your support.
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