Culture & Civic Life
Urban Peace Institute
Founded by civil rights leader Connie Rice, the Urban Peace Institute (UPI) crafts innovative solutions to complex issues surrounding community vi...
The International Red Cross was founded in Switzerland in 1863 to bring non-discriminatory assistance to wounded soldiers on battlefields. After learning about the movement, patent-clerk-turned-nurse Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross (ARC) in 1881 on the fundamental principles of humanity, neutrality, and unity — and introduced a new form of volunteer service to the country. One hundred forty years later, the ARC now has an expansive network of donors, volunteers, and employees across the country and stands as one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world.
The American Red Cross provides more than 2 million people with emergency assistance, disaster relief, blood services, and lifesaving trainings. Every year, the organization responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the country. In addition to emergency services, the ARC provides a vital need to all hospitals by regularly hosting blood drives across the country.
As part of the Global Red Cross Network, the American Red Cross does not discriminate and does not take sides in hostilities. Volunteers and staff help people to prepare for emergencies and to deliver vital lifesaving services to those in need.
Support - Flood Relief Efforts throughout California
Support- Disaster Relief Efforts August 2023 Maui Wildfires
Support - Refugee assistance efforts in Ukraine
Support - Southern Midwest and Tornadoes Program in Kentucky