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About the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross

Since its inception in 2001, the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has advocated for and worked with the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross (Red Cross-NCR). NCR has its regional headquartes at 8550 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031. Whether raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, donating blood or serving as volunteers, MAHCC members strive to be as helpfult to their neighbots as possible. In times of need.  NCR volunteers seek to fulfill on a regional level the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Guided by seven fundamental principles (Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality) and financially supported by generous residents, businesses and foundations, the NCR provides an extraordinary range of services, primarily through volunteers who constitutea remarkable 98% of the total Red Cross workforce. As you can see, the Red Cross belongs to the American people. You fund it, you donate your blood, you prepare for and respond to disasters, you take and instruct first aid classes. You make the Red Cross what it is today and has always been, and you hold the keys to its future. In a larger sense the Red Cross, and everything it does, begins with you.

The Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need throughout our country and the world. It operates on the basis of fundamental principles of humanity to alleviate suffering; impartiality, without regard to race, belief, political orientation or nationality; neutrality, ideological positions have no sway, independence from government influence; voluntary service; unity; and universality.

It provides compassionate care in five areas:

 

  • Disaster relief
  • Support for members and families of the military
  • Health and safety education and training
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • International relief and development

Blood Donation

Giving the Gift of Life:

  • Donating blood is a safe process, which takes less than 10-12 minutes after a mini-physical is completed in order to make sure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
  • The average donor has about 10 pints of blood in his body, of which 1 pint is needed for donation.
  • A healthy donor can give blood about every 56 days and platelets about once a week (with a maximum of 24 times a year).
  • All blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it's allowed to be released for use.
  • All information donors provide to the Red Cross is confidential, except as directed by law.

Blood Facts:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • About 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed in the U.S. every day.
  • Almost 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The most frequently requested blood type by hospitals is type O.
  • A single car accident can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from generous donors.
  • Type O negative blood (cells) is compatible with all blood types and is, therefore, always in high demand and often in short supply.
  • Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to people of all other blood types and is also usually in short supply.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross can assist you in hosting a blood drive, which is a meaningful way to support your community, provides others with a convenient way to help others, and builds good will within and without of your organization. The Red Cross helps you plan and organize the drive, provides you with a coordinator's toolkit, helps you determine how many donors to expect and how to recruit them, and confidentially screens and collets the donations. Working in partnership with the Red Cross as the host, you will find a suitable location, help recruit donors, publicizes the drive, and schedules donors for their appointments.


 

Disaster Relief

 

disaster relief

When disaster strikes, are you and your employees prepared to deal with it? Has your business developed a business recovery plan in the event of a major hurricane, blizzard, flooding, tornado, fire, explosion or other natural or man-made disaster? And, if you do have a plan already, do you test it and update it annually to ensure its operational continuity? Planning, educating, upgrading and testing will enable you to withstand the impact of any business emergency and, ultimately, ensure the continuity of your business. (read more)

The Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need throughout our country and the world. It operates on the basis of fundamental principles of humanity to alleviate suffering; impartiality, without regard to race, belief, political orientation or nationality; neutrality,  ideological positions have no sway, independence from government influence; voluntary service; unity; and universality.

Consider these disaster relief facts:

  • Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to an emergency
  • The Red Cross responds over 65,000 times each year to disasters
  • The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 home fire emergencies every year, which amounts to 90% of the disasters.
  • On average, 91 cents of every dollar spent is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
  • Ninety-five percent of our disaster workers are trained volunteers from across the country.
  • Red Cross open shelters ensure people have a safe place to stay and hot meals when they are displace in times of disaster.
  • The Red Cross also provides people with basic personal supplies and food and clean-up supplies in the aftermath of a disaster.
  • Its health and mental health volunteers travel to sites of disaster to provide treatment and counseling.

Hopefully, now you will appreciate the enormity of the task facing the Red Cross and why you are an indispensable volunteer in furthering its mission.


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