The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Oakland branch is a great place to take a wide variety of First Aid classes, volunteer to respond in an emergency and/or make a donation for disaster relief

"The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:"

  1. Disaster Relief "The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims."
  2. Supporting America's Military Families "The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually."
  3. Lifesaving Blood "Your donations of blood are what make the American Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply."
  4. Health and Safety Services "The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency."
  5. International Services "The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and educate future humanitarians. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe." 1


3901 Broadway  Oakland, California 94611


510.595.4400 / 1-888-4-HELP-BAY

Get Help

Disaster Relief

Information about receiving disaster relief assistance


Connect with Family

Information about international emergency communications and tracing

(415) 427-8064 or [email protected]

Service to the Armed Forces

Inquiries about connecting military personnel with family members

1-877-272-7337 (seven days a week, 24 hours a day)

Get Prepared

Community Events and Health Fairs 

Invite the Red Cross to participate in events and health fairs

Online Request or 1-888-4-HELP-BAY

Disaster Preparedness Training for Schools and Organizations

To request on-site preparedness training in your school or organization

Online Request or 1-888-4-HELP-BAY

Disaster Preparedness Training in the Workplace

Inquiries about scheduling preparedness classes in the workplace

Online Request or 1-888-4-HELP-BAY

Get Trained

Community Health and Safety Courses

Inquiries about CPR, first aid and other safety courses, registration and certification

Course Schedule

1-800-RED-CROSS or [email protected]

Disaster Preparedness Training

Inquiries about disaster preparedness training

Online Request or 1-888-4-HELP-BAY

Workplace Training

Inquiries about scheduling health and safety or preparedness classes in the workplace

Online Request

1-888-4-HELP-BAY or [email protected]

International Services Courses

Inquiries about international humanitarian law courses

[email protected]

Get Involved


For information about becoming a volunteer

1-888-4-HELP-BAY or [email protected]


For more information about employment opportunities with the Bay Area Chapter

Career Opportunities

Community Partnerships

For information about partnering with the Red Cross as a government agency or community-based organization

(510) 595-4461 or [email protected]

Corporate Partnerships

For information about partnering with the Red Cross as a corporation

(415) 427-8182 or [email protected]



Inquiries about local chapter donations and how to donate

Donate Online 


By mail: 85 Second Street, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Fundraising Events

Inquiries about holding a fundraising event for the Red Cross

Online Request

Blood Donations

Inquiries about blood donation and blood drives

1-800-RED-CROSS or



Questions regarding publications, logo/graphic standards and requests, public service campaigns, media partnerships and marketing promotions.

Cynthia Shaw, [email protected]


General media questions regarding news and press releases, comments, interviews, events and Red Cross response to disasters

Cynthia Shaw, [email protected]

Additional Links

American Red Cross Bay Area official website 1