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American Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa

Address
2116 Grand Ave
Des Moines
IA 50312
UNITED STATES
515-246-6307
  
Contact
Mr. Bryce Sitter
  
County
Adair
Adams
Allamakee
Appanoose
Audubon
Benton
Black Hawk
Boone
Bremer
Buchanan
Buena Vista
Butler
Calhoun
Carroll
Cass
Cedar
Cerro Gordo
Cherokee
Chickasaw
Clarke
Clay
Clayton
Clinton
Crawford
Dallas
Davis
Decatur
Delaware
Des Moines
Dickinson
Dubuque
Emmet
Fayette
Floyd
Franklin
Fremont
Greene
Grundy
Guthrie
Hamilton
Hancock
Hardin
Henry
Howard
Humboldt
Ida
Iowa
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Johnson
Jones
Keokuk
Kossuth
Lee
Linn
Louisa
Lucas
Lyon
Madison
Mahaska
Marion
Marshall
Mitchell
Monona
Monroe
Montgomery
O'Brien
Osceola
Page
Palo Alto
Plymouth
Pocahontas
Polk
Poweshiek
Ringgold
Sac
Shelby
Sioux
Story
Tama
Taylor
Union
Van Buren
Wapello
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Winnebago
Winneshiek
Woodbury
Worth
Wright
  
Organization Type
Community Based
Educational/School
International
 

Description:

The American Red Cross, Serving Greater Iowa is operating in 94 of 99 counties in the state of Iowa with chapter offices located in; Des Moines, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.  Our mission is to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  We ensure that those who suffer from a disaster have food, clothing and shelter needed during the immediate recovery process.  The Red Cross has roughly 1,000 volunteers and 23 paid staff which enables us to have a presence in every community.

Resilient communities are able to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.  Annually we respond to nearly 600 disasters in the state of Iowa, and while we support anyone who requests our services, it is the at-risk who are most often the benefactors of our services.  Disasters do not impact everyone equally.  Those at-risk, or who lack support mechanisms or savings, struggle to recover. Our clients are often the uninsured, elderly, low income and others who struggle to recover after a house-fire or other disaster.

We also deploy volunteers to large-scale disasters across the country.  In 2017 we deployed over 200 volunteers to support Hurricane relief in 2017.  

We provide a number of services for clients during the recovery process.  We offer support during the disaster, including walking the client through the recovery process.  We also issue cash assistance that can be used to purchase food or groceries or lodging, medicine or other necessary items for the immediate recovery process.  Our 5 pillar services are Domestic Disaster Response, International Services (when called upon by the greater Red Cross Society Internationally), Health and Safety (Courses and Services), Services to the Armed Forces and Blood Services (collection and distribution of the nation’s blood needs).
 

How to Help:

Iowans can support the work of the American Red Cross through donationsvolunteering and community partnerships.

We’ve also developed the Red Cross Gift of Grain Program which is unique to the Red Cross Serving Iowa to help us prepare for disasters through grain donations.  Farmers will find Red Cross (Serving Greater Iowa) accounts at nearly every CoOp and Elevator in the state and both the CoOps and the Red Cross can provide a tax receipt for the grain donations.  Please help us turn grain into groceries for those that have suffered from a disaster through donations of grain.  The Red Cross, Serving Greater Iowa, can also accept donated land, equipment, livestock and stock gifts.

For more information or to become involved, please visit the Red Cross online or contact Mr. Bryce Sitter by email at bryce.sitter@redcross.org or by phone at 515-473-1284 (cell) or 515 246-6307 (office).

 

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