Red Cross: Mid-Michigan Celebrates 100 Years!

During the past 100 years, the Lansing Chapter has evolved from serving only Ingham County into the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross encompassing the ten counties of Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Isabella, Jackson, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties.

Currently over 950 volunteers and staff of the Mid-Michigan Chapter strengthened our communities by:

  • Responding to approximately 250 home/apartment fires.

  • Collecting 49,000 units of blood and 4000 units of platelets every year. One unit of blood has the potential to save as many as three lives. Platelets must be used within 5 days and are essential to surviving and fighting cancer, chronic diseases and traumatic injuries.

  • Providing safety and preparedness services to over 10,000 children and adults.

  • Deploying 133 people to serve in local and national disasters including Hurricane Matthew, the Flint Water Crisis and severe flooding in the Carolinas and Louisiana.

  • Assisting with 90 Services to Armed Forces cases with a 96% follow-up success rate.

  • Assisting 3 families with tracing and/or communicating with family members in midst of war, civil unrest or disasters in other countries through the local International Services department.

The volunteer Boards and community councils of the mid-Michigan American Red Cross continue the tradition of recruiting local business and community leaders to guide its services and fundraising activities.  The current Executive Officer of the Mid-Michigan Chapter John Cauley has led the organization for twenty-seven years.   During John’s tenure, he has guided hundreds of volunteers and staff to carry out the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Source: The Red Cross Michigan Chapter