American Red Cross
Every year, through more than 700 local chapters, the American Red Cross trains more than 250,000 lifeguards and teaches more than 2 million people of all ages to swim. The goal of the Red Cross is to work with aquatic facilities throughout the U.S. to help keep people safe in, on and around the water.
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.