American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Each chapter is governed by a local board of directors and must raise 100% of the funds necessary to prepare, connect and respond to the needs of Maine from local individuals, corporations and foundations.

Regional Headquarters
2401 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 874-1192
Fax (207) 874-1976

United Valley
1180 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 795-4004
Fax (207) 795-4037

Mid Coast Chapter
16 Community Way
Topsham, ME 04086
(207) 729-6779
Fax (207) 729-2738

Pine Tree Chapter
73 Hammond Street, Suite 1  
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-2903
Fax: (207) 941-2906

Aroostook County
7 Hatch Drive, Suite 250
Caribou, ME 04736
(207) 493-4620
Fax: (207) 493-4869

 

Disaster Services

The American Red Cross assists families who are victims of single-family fires, apartment fires, large natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, man-made disasters, and other emergency situations. This is accomplished by volunteers who are ready at a moment's notice to offer disaster relief in the form of mental health counseling, shelter, and many times vouchers for food, clothing, household items, occupational supplies, verified prescriptions, funeral expenses, utility deposits, and first month's rent. All disaster assistance is free.

Education and Training

Education and training courses such as CPR, First Aid, and Water Safety are skills every family and business should learn. You never know when you may need to help – a stranger on the street, a co-worker at lunch, or even your own family member at the dinner table. Quality instructors can teach you the skills you need to know if you are ever called upon to help save a life, and the training can be held at the Red Cross or your workplace!

International Services

American Red Cross International Services supports humanitarian relief around the world. Besides tracing relatives lost during disasters or wars, this vital part of the Red Cross also provides the following services: educating the public about international humanitarian law, responding with personnel, financial aid, and very specific donations of products in response to appeals for relief assistance in armed conflicts and international disasters, and helping to strengthen Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in other nations by sharing the expertise and resources of the American Red Cross.

Armed Forces Emergency Services

Armed Forces Emergency Services began in 1900 when the U.S. Congress issued a charter to the American Red Cross requiring it to act "in accord with the military authorities as a medium of communication between the people of the United States and their Armed Forces…" And since that charter was issued, the Red Cross has provided not only emergency communications and case management, but other important services to help members of the armed forces and their families. Financial assistance is also provided to military families in the form of interest-free loans or grants during times of emergency.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Disaster Relief
  • Education and Training
  • Committees
  • Emergency Services
  • Nursing
  • Internships
  • Service to Military Families
  • Communication / Public Relations
  • Administrative Work
  • International Services
  • Resource Development