American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$21,514 raised by 135 donors

72% complete

$30,000 Goal

The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. The common bonds of humanity and compassion unite us together, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day. Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services -- whenever and wherever they are called for -- is unmatched by any organization in the world.

To learn more about our history, visit the American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region Website.


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.


Day to day work at the Red Cross is unpredictable. In the last year, we have responded to wildfires, earthquakes and flooding in our region.

Launched in October 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has three primary goals:

- Reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent;

- Increase the number of home fire responses by 10 percent; and

- Improve assistance we provide to home fire victims.

Our Home Fire Campaign was designed to keep our community safe. We prepare individuals and families by providing critical safety education so families can "Be Red Cross Ready." In CA Gold Country, we have created more than 6,816 fire escape plans with families, served more than 15,727 people through home visits and installed more than 17,191 smoke alarms making homes safer.

Volunteers comprise more than 90% of the Red Cross workforce. Our need for volunteers is constant, and their support makes it possible to provide relief and comfort for disaster survivors, lifesaving blood products for hospital patients, emergency support for military families and veterans, and much more. We are asking individuals to #ResolvetoVolunteer with the Red Cross, with emphasis on our most-needed volunteer positions. Families across the country depend on @RedCross volunteers to deliver help and hope when it's needed most. Learn about most-needed Red Cross volunteer positions here:

The Red Cross partners with a variety of large and community based organizations. We are always looking for passionate and influential community leaders to join our Board of Directors and help spread the Red Cross mission.

In the CA Gold Country Region, our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members are on-call 24/7, ready to help whenever a home fire occurs. Thanks to close-working relationships with local fire departments and emergency management agencies, the Red Cross is usually notified as soon as a home fire is reported. Our workers, many of them volunteers, immediately contact families and provide emotional support. We listen closely to their needs and quickly take steps to meet them.

Often, we provide help in the form of a pre-loaded client assistance card, which work just like a credit card. With them, survivors purchase essentials, large and small:

- Food

- Lodging

- Transit

- Prescriptions

- Clothing

- Personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo and soap

- Baby items, including formula and diapers

On average, the Red Cross provides $664 in financial assistance to each household after a home fire, but assistance amounts are tailored to family size and livability of the home. Financial assistance is crucial in the immediate aftermath of a home fire, when families may not have emergency funds or cannot immediately activate their insurance. Not only is this the most efficient way to meet people's needs, financial assistance also empowers survivors with the means to purchase what they need -- an important first step toward their longer-term recovery.

Equity Statement

Fundamental Principles of the Global Red Cross Network

Humanity: The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Impartiality: It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

Neutrality: In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence: The Red Cross is independent. The national societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.

Voluntary Service: The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity: There can be only one Red Cross society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality: The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.

Organization Data


Organization name

American Red Cross CA Gold Country Region

Year Established


Mission Category

Public Safety & Disaster Preparedness

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Volunteers, Board Members

Demographics Served

Veterans, Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families

BIPOC Leadership

Executive Director/CEO

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1565 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Service areas


Sacramento, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US



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