Member Spotlight: American Red Cross of Eastern MA

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts serves 4.9 million people in 181 cities and towns with a mission to relieve human suffering in the face of disaster.

We operate the largest food pantry in New England, aiding hundreds who qualify for food stamps and other aid; we train nurses aids and certified nursing assistants; we offer classes in preparedness to youth and adults; we teach future babysitters and lifeguards how to protect those around them.

We serve members of the Armed Forces, keeping them in touch with those at home and easing the transition once they return to civilian life. We reunite families torn by war or international conflict. We respond to hundreds of fires in our region each year, serving 1,000 families who have faced personal disaster; we monitor storm damage, we serve first-responders fighting brush fires and shelter those who have lost everything.

To do all this we train a volunteer corps of thousands to be ready for the worst while hoping it never happens in Massachusetts or in the U.S. Volunteers constitute about 95 percent of the American Red Cross workforce, and our volunteers train in specialties such as shelter management, mass feeding, technology and casework. They are ready to deploy here or anywhere we’re called to serve in the U.S.

We are now embracing a new mission to build resiliency in the communities we serve.

“As part of the New England Council, we are hoping to fill a role we feel is vital to the strength not just of Eastern Massachusetts, but the whole region,” said Eastern Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Barrios. “Together we hope to provide leadership for thriving communities to stand together in our times of greatest need.”

We do all this without government funding. The American Red Cross’ work is paid for by the generosity of the American people.

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