Description & History

The American Red Cross has a unique role in serving as the safety net for the American people in their hour of greatest need. Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized in 1905, when Congress chartered the Red Cross to "carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply that system in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing those calamities." As a partner of a network of 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1916 as a chartered unit of the American National Red Cross and serves the 3.5 million people of Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties.

About the organization

The American Red Cross of Southeastern PA

Contact:
Leslie Fletcher
Executive Director
Sharon Jefferson
Manager, Volunteer Administration
Sarah Pabst
Volunteer Coordinator
Barbyose Sanders
Volunteer Specialist
Organization’s website:
http://redcrossphilly.org