Non-Profit Report: The American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, Western and Central New York Region is part of the national organization that provides disaster relief and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Clara Barton founded the first Red Cross chapter in the U.S. in Dansville, Livingston County, in 1881. Six weeks later, with the help of Susan B. Anthony, Barton founded the Greater Rochester Chapter. Today, local volunteers continue to honor Barton’s legacy by helping the people of Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties prevent, prepare for and respond to disaster.
The Red Cross provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by fires, floods and other disasters. When a disaster occurs, Red Cross volunteers help provide victims with a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing and counseling.
The chapter works every day to ensure the local community is ready for a disaster by building a corps of volunteers and partners who are trained and able to activate immediately. At the same time, the Red Cross is pre-positioning supplies, making improvements to systems and helping to nurture the interagency and corporate collaboration that is essential to the community’s recovery following a disaster.
As one of the region’s largest educational providers, the Red Cross trains thousands of people each year in lifesaving skills through community and workplace courses offered throughout the area. Many certified courses fulfill Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, and some courses are offered in Spanish.
Available courses include: disaster preparedness, CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, water safety and NYS first aid for coaches.
Through a global communication and support network, the Red Cross also provides emergency services to support military families. The Red Cross connects families of active-duty, guard and reserve service members, relaying urgent messages to and from service members stationed anywhere in the world. The Red Cross also provides counseling, referrals and access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies.
The Red Cross is one of the largest providers of blood products to hospitals in New York, and the local chapter collects blood nearly every day through donations.
There are 22 employees, and Jeremy Bagley is executive director. The office is located at 50 Prince St., and the website is www.redcross.org/ny/rochester.
Financial record Year ended Dec. 31, 2013
Contracts $2,209,967 25
Federated appeals 2,097,282 23
Monetary contributions 1,934,615 22
Legacies and bequests 1,171,985 13
Inter-Red Cross revenues 693,258 8
Net special events 556,218 6
Income from endowment 134,115 1
Other 144,752 1
Total revenue $8,942,192 100
Community services $1,969,958 23
Disaster services 1,927,199 22
Fundraising 1,196,917 14
Facilities 1,155,152 14
General and administrative 988,735 11
Management 525,823 6
Volunteer management 499,324 5
Other 383,514 4
Total expenses $8,646,622 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $295,570
Board of Directors
Andrea DeMeo, chairwoman
Teresa Johnson, nominations chairwoman
Honorary Life Members
Frederick Jefferson Jr.
Louis Langie Jr.
—Researched by Lisa Granite
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