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Union Snyder Community Action Agency
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Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 700 field units dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by nearly a million volunteers and 34,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 70,000 disasters, trains some 11 million people in lifesaving skills and keeps U.S. military families connected worldwide. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 2,500 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts worldwide. Gail McGovern is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Clara Barton and a circle of acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired International Red Cross Movement while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross society and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.
Snyder County, Union County, Northumberland County