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Description of Agency Offers disaster-relief services, health education and community service programs. Provides food, clothing, shelter and medical aid for disaster victims, 24-hour emergency communication between military personnel and their families and more.
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.
Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881.
Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War.
Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.