American Red Cross

Alternate Name / Acronym

West Central PA Chapter

Parent Organization

American Red Cross

Options: Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Mission: 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.

Vision: The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...
...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

History of Organization:

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

Some four million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. And the Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 186 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people.

An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

The American National Red Cross is headquartered in Washington, Gail J. McGovern is President and CEO, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is Chairman of the Board of Governors.

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources

Public and Private Donations


Contact Information

Contact Person(s)

Name* Title/Description (Intake Specialist, Secretary, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Lesley Kaluzne Regional Disaster Manager 724-962-9180 724-825-0404

Contact Phone Numbers

Number* Title / Description (Telephone, Toll free, Fax, etc.)
724-283-2810 Butler County Office
724-962-9180 Mercer County Office
724-709-6216 Beaver County Office

Contact Emails

Email* Title / Description (Director, General, Intake, etc.) Lesley Kaluzne, Regional Disaster Manager

Web Addresses

Website* Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.) Southwestern PA Region of the American Red Cross American National Red Cross

Primary Address

Title/Description (Corporate office, Headquarters, etc.)

American Red Cross of Southwestern PA


2801 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Service Area

Southwestern PA

Services Provided

Service Description

  • Food, shelter, clothing for disaster needs.

Available Hours

By Appointment

Fees/Cost for Services

All Disaster Relief services are free of charge. Trainings and certifications have a charge associated with them.

Eligibility Requirements

Varies by program.

Required Documentation

Varies by program.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Call or e-mail.

Handicap Accessibility

Building is accessible

Languages Spoken or Available

Through Language Bank

Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need


Volunteer Description

Emergency responder, community educator, office support, blood drive support, fundraising, provide programs for the military.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our many partners who provide financial and operational support.