American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter Programs and Services


The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Serving the 2.87 million residents of Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, and western Washington counties, the Twin Cities Red Cross is the largest Red Cross unit in the State of Minnesota and serves as a Regional Chapter designated to facilitate the sharing of responsibilities and resources for neighboring Chapters. Each year Twin Cities Red Cross programs and services touch the lives of approximately 200,000 individuals throughout the metro area.

Emergency Response

Emergency Services

Relief to local victims of fires, floods, tornadoes, and other disasters since 1915. Assisting with emergency housing, food, clothing, emergency medical supplies, essential household furnishing and supplies, and provide professional mental health counseling and other recovery support.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Volunteer EMS teams are on call to respond to medical emergencies throughout the Twin Cities area.

Emergency Social Services & Crisis Counseling

After-hours crisis counseling assists vulnerable adults and children with issues such as domestic violence, suicide, and chemical abuse.

Services to Armed Forces

The designated link for communications between U.S. Armed Forces and their families with things like financial assistance, counseling, or veteran assistance.

International Services

Support humanitarian relief around the world by tracing relatives separated during disasters or war, receiving and sending messages, educating the public about international humanitarian law, and strengthening Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies by sharing expertise and resources.

Blood Services

The North Central Blood Services covers Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and eastern South Dakota, serving 110 hospitals.

Youth & Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Home safety, disaster preparedness, and disease presentations for youth and adults, many of whom are low-income.

Safety Mobile Sponsored By Target

A mobile classroom gives pre-K to fifth grade students an overview of Red Cross safety curriculum.

Babysitter’s Training

Instructors teach young people, ages 11 to 15, to safely and responsibly care for themselves and other children in the absence of an adult.

Health & Safety Services

CPR/First Aid/Automated External Defibrillation

The Red Cross set the international standard for training in these areas.

Water Safety

The Red Cross has been a leader in swimming lessons and lifeguard training since 1914.

Nurse Assistant Training

Instructors train and certify students beginning careers in the medical field, students who go on to provide care at nursing homes, hospitals, and homes as Registered Nurse Assistants.

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