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  • Annual Report of services & financials (below)

Red Cross Programs

Disaster Relief and Community Disaster Education

When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Henderson County Chapter of the American Red Cross is there. This year we responded to 30 local disasters, including 29 home fires. We provided emergency food, shelter and supplies to 94 affected individuals, including 19 children.  We are named by the Henderson County Emergency Manager to provide local disaster response services including opening and operating any Henderson County emergency shelters in partnership with the Department of Social Services and Department of Public Health.  Those shelters provide meals and other essential services including sleeping space and hot showers.

Our 92 trained disaster services volunteers (DSHR) are prepared for local disaster responses and many of them deployed to national disasters including Hurricanes Ike in Texas and the major flooding disasters in the MidWest.

Because being prepared can make your family and community safer and sometimes minimize injury and destruction, we also made numerous disaster education presentations in the community.

Your Red Cross on the scene of 2009 Henderson County home fire

Health and Safety Services

From first aid, CPR and AED training to swimming and lifeguarding to “Babysitting Training”, American Red Cross programs help people lead safer and healthier lives.  Programs and materials are developed in collaboration with leading medical authorities.  This year, 5,151 individuals learned lifesaving skills through classes offered by the Henderson County Chapter.

Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES)

The American Red Cross provides humanitarian services to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.  Through our worldwide communications network, we ensure emergency communications to keep families in touch when a loved one is ill or a child is born.  We also provide emergency support services to those military members and their families. This year we worked 85 cases of emergency services for military families right here in Henderson County.

Blood Services

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.  Thanks to generous blood donors and supportive drive sponsors, the American Red Cross collects and distributes nearly half the nation’s blood supply.  Over the past year, our Chapter offered over 100 blood drives, collecting 5,285 units of blood.  Did you realize that 100% of the blood used in our regional hospitals is collected, processed and distributed by the Red Cross?  Thank you donors and sponsors for helping us meet the medical blood needs of our community’s hospitals!

Community Services

Low-cost blood screenings using the same lab (LabCorp) that the hospitals use, free blood pressure checks and emergency information “Vials of Life” are some of the Chapter’s community service programs.  We provided health services and screenings to 2,217 people this year.

Volunteer Involvement

The Red Cross is made up of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers constitute about 97 percent of our total workforce, serving as instructors, disaster response team members, blood drive helpers, office & administrative workers, event organizers, board members and much more.  Get in touch..we have an opportunity for you!

This year, approximately 190 active volunteers made the work of the chapter possible, contributing over 5,500 hours, for a contribution estimated at over $55,000.

Statement of Financial Position(for the Year Ending June 30, 2010)


Statement of Financial Activity
(for the Year Ending June 30, 2010)


REVENUES AND GAINS                                            $309,206 Expenses and LossesProgram ServicesArmed Forces (AFES)                                     $ 11,607Disaster Services                                             $ 58,868Blood Services                                                 $ 42,088Health Services/Community Services          $168,531Total Program Services                                                $281,094Membership and Fund Raising                                   $  29,818Management and General                                            $  28,610National Chapter Assessment expense                     $  33,579  TOTAL EXPENSES & LOSSES                               $373,101 

  • Fiscal Year 2010 financial statements were audited by independent auditor,Carl F. Root, Jr., PACertified Public AccountantFor a printed copy of our 2010 Annual Report, please contact our chapter office at 203 Second Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or email: [email protected]

    It is the mission of the American Red Cross to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.  Through over 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 4 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.  The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected.

    Though not a governmental agency, the American Red Cross is required by Congressional Charter to provide relief to victims of disaster and to provide emergency communications and assistance to members of the Armed Forces and their families. This is done while adhering to the International Committee of the Red Cross’ seven fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

    Our local Chapter was originally chartered by the American Red Cross on August 16, 1917 to provide these services to our neighbors right here in Henderson County. We are proud of our regularly scheduled Health and Safety classes, Disaster preparedness and relief training, Disaster response work, Blood Donation opportunities, assistance to families/members of the Armed Forces, and our other community service programs (like our low-cost blood screening and blood pressure checks programs).  Please check the links on the left for more information.

    Your financial support makes a difference!
    The American Red Cross has been providing immediate relief for disaster related losses for over 125 years.  Our goal is to help individuals and families, all across our nation, who are struck by disaster to overcome their loss and make the transition to recovery.  Those losses may result from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and other disasters.  Sometimes entire towns have been destroyed or it may be the house next door.  Both situations make a difference to the individuals affected.  The Henderson County Chapter helps support the larger national disasters and is directly responsible for providing immediate relief for our local disaster situations.  When disasters strike, whether flooding, homefire, or storm, local residents can count on us to be there to provide immediate shelter, food, clothing and emergency assistance.

    Red Cross services are provided at no cost to the recipients through the generous support of the public and the efficient operation of our programs; we do not receive government funding.  It is your financial gifts that make the critical work of the Red Cross possible!  The Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance”, one of America’s premier independent charity evaluators, recognizes the American Red Cross as meeting the strict standards for charity accountability in recognition of our efforts to manage and grow finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible (please see link for “Better Business Bureau” website on our “Links” page for their full report).  You also have my assurance, as the Executive Director of the Henderson County Chapter, that we will always operate in a manner that respects your donation intentions and maintains the integrity that you should expect.  Thanks for your interest and support!    Mike Williams