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American Red Cross Chestnut Ridge Chapter

Organizational Information

Parent Organization

American National Red Cross

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Mission: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. Vision Statement: The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that... ...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; ...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; ...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; ...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

History of Organization

As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. 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. Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years, during which time we conducted our first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War, and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the global Red Cross network, the so-called ├»┬┐┬ŻAmerican Amendment, that initially met with some resistance in Europe. The Red Cross received our first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. This charter,which remains in effect today, sets forth the purposes of the organization which include giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation. Prior to the First World War, the Red Cross introduced its first aid, water safety, and public health nursing programs. With the outbreak of war, the organization experienced phenomenal growth. The number of local chapters jumped from 107 in 1914 to 3,864 in 1918 and membership grew from 17,000 to over 20 million adult and 11 million Junior Red Cross members. The public contributed $400 million in funds and material to support Red Cross programs, including those for American and Allied forces and civilian refugees. The Red Cross staffed hospitals and ambulance companies and recruited 20,000 registered nurses to serve the military. Additional Red Cross nurses came forward to combat the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918. After the war, the Red Cross focused on service to veterans and enhanced our programs in safety training, accident prevention, home care for the sick, and nutrition education. We also provided relief for victims of such major disasters as the Mississippi River floods in 1927 and severe drought and the Depression during the 1930s. The Second World War called upon the Red Cross to provide extensive services once again to the U.S. military, Allies, and civilian war victims. We enrolled more than 104,000 nurses for military service, prepared 27 million packages for American and Allied prisoners of war, and shipped over 300,000 tons of supplies overseas. At the military's request, the Red Cross also initiated a national blood program that collected 13.3 million pints of blood for use by the armed forces. After World War II, the Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program that now supplies more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products in this country. During the 1990s, we engineered a massive modernization of our blood services operations to improve the safety of our blood products. We continued to provide services to members of the armed forces and their families, including during the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf wars. The Red Cross also expanded our services into such fields as civil defense, CPR/AED training, HIV/AIDS education, and the provision of emotional care and support in the wake of disasters. Since 2006, the Red Cross and FEMA have worked together helping government agencies and community organizations plan, coordinate and provide feeding, sheltering and family reunification services for people affected by disasters. Today, the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas: People affected by disasters in America Support for members of the military and their families Blood collection, processing and distribution Health and safety education and training International relief and development

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Tessie Amaranto -  Executive Director
Deborah Fleming -  Disaster Program Manager

Contact Person(s)

Tessie Amaranto - Executive Director
Joelle Bryner - Business Operations Specialist
724 261 3686

Contact Number(s)

724-465-5678 - Office


Contact Email(s) - Executive Coordinator

Web Addresses

Primary Address

Indiana County Office
610 Kolter Drive
Indiana, PA, 15701

Additional Addresses

Greensburg Office
351 Harvey Avenue, Suite B
Greensburg, PA, 15601

Service Information

Service Area

Indiana, Westmoreland, Armstrong and Fayette Counties

Service Description

DISASTER SERVICES provides assistance to individuals and families affected by a natural disaster: sheltering, feeding, physical or mental health are provided to those seeking refuge from a fire, hurricane or flood - -or in the wake of a tornado, earthquake or hazardous materials incident. Dial 1-800-RedCross, option 5.

ARMED FORCES EMERGENCY SERVICES assists active military personnel, their families and dependents in times of crisis or family emergency situations by providing 24 hour communication as well as problem solving support. Dial 1-800-RedCross, option 1.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES coordinates the many aspects of volunteer development, including recruitment, interviewing, placement, orientation, and training. Dial 1-800-RedCross, option 6.

HEALTH and SAFETY Division provides classes on First Aid; Adult, Child and Infant CPR; Babysitting; Life guarding and other related topics. Dial 1-800-RedCross, option 3.

SAFE and WELL program provides a resource for persons looking for loved ones during a disaster. Search online for




Disaster assistance;Blood services;Health and Safety courses; CPR/First Aid/Water safety

Available Hours

By appointment only - Monday through Friday; 24 Hour Emergency Call for disaster and military emergencies

Fees/Cost for Services

No Fee for disaster assistance

Eligibility Requirements


Required Documentation

verification of disaster address

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

call 24 hours a day for emergency

Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility


Languages Spoken or Available


Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need