Address: 1105 Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 View Map
Phone: 800-REDCROSS

About Us

American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.

A Proud History of Service to the Nation
During World War II, America turned to the Red Cross to develop a supply of lifesaving blood on a massive scale. This led to the establishment of the American Red Cross Blood Donor Service, which collected 13.3 million pints of blood plasma for use by our armed forces in World War II. After the war, the Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program. Today, each year, the Red Cross collects approximately 5.3 million units of blood from roughly 3.1 million donors nationwide, and distributes over 7.7 million blood products for transfusion.

A Leader in Research and Testing
In addition to being the single largest supplier of blood in the U.S., the Red Cross is a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply. The Red Cross was among the first to develop and implement testing for many infectious diseases including, HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, and more recently the agent of Chagas disease. The Red Cross also operates the first-of-its-kind nationwide hemovigilance program to examine donor and patient adverse reactions. Data from the program is used to enhance blood product quality and safety. Red Cross experts play an important role in policies and standards for the industry. By serving on key committees of AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) and other blood-related organizations – and working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the Red Cross provides valuable data and expertise that influences the direction of the blood banking industry.

Working to Ensure an Adequate Blood Supply
The Red Cross is constantly working to increase the availability of blood and blood products. This includes educating potential donors about healthy habits that will reduce deferrals such as for low iron, improving the yield from platelet donors and using containers that extend the time that blood can be safely shipped. Increasing diverse blood donor recruitment is critical to the future of our Nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross is implementing initiatives throughout the country to increase the number of blood donors in diverse communities and raise awareness of the need to give blood. The Red Cross also works to find rare blood donors to meet the specialized needs of patients all over the country. Through its 39 Immunohematology Reference Laboratories, offering support to hospitals across the country, and its collaboration with AABB on the American Rare Donor Program, the Red Cross helps ensure that patients will get the blood they need at any time of the day or night.

Programs & Services

Emergencies can occur at anytime and anyplace. The Red Cross provides disaster education presentations to thousands of individuals in the community to prevent prepare for and recover from disasters or other life-threatening emergencies.  Read more....

Youth Services
The American Red Cross Youth Association in the Eastern Virginia Region serves teens with a fresh outlook on their community through a combination of service projects, fundraising events, and discussions concerning their local environment. Every other week, the group gets together to talk over present and future plans that give them the opportunity to directly and indirectly serve their local Red Cross and its mission.  Read more....

Nurse Assistant Training
The Nurse Assistant Training Program offers classroom and hands-on clinical/lab training to prepare you for testing and certification as a Certified Nurse Aide by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Disaster Services
Each year, the American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters, including home fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters. The most common of these disasters is fires. Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized in 1905 when the organization was chartered by Congress to provide disaster relief and mitigation.  Read more....

Services to the Armed Forces
The Service to the Armed Forces Program ensures that service members, veterans, and their families have worldwide access to timely and reliable humanitarian services. Both active-duty and community-based military rely on the Red Cross to provide access to vital services such as emergency communications, financial assistance, and information and referral.  Read more....

Health & Safety
American Red Cross training is vital to preparing our community for the everyday disasters that can strike without warning. First Aid, CPR, water safety training, and other Red Cross safety course, taught by skilled Red Cross instructors, are essential in saving lives and providing health information to families, students, and employees. Health, Safety & Community Services provides information and education to help people prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies. These courses help make our communities healthier and safer places to live.  Read more....



How YOU Can Help!

Ways to Donate
We rely on the generosity of the American public to help people in need every day. Essentially, we rely on you.  Read more....

Ways to Fundraise

With your generous financial support, the Red Cross provides people in crisis with relief for today and hope for tomorrow.

Giving Blood or Host a Blood Drive
Nearly 4 million people will donate blood this year, helping to make the Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S.  Read more....

Taking, Teaching or Hosting a Class
More than 9 million people will learn lifesaving skills from the Red Cross each year. People come to us for emergency or disaster preparedness information while, others will learn that war is more complicated than a video game through international humanitarian law education.  Read more....


More than 90 percent of our total work force is composed of volunteers. We rely on altruistic people like you to carry out our humanitarian work.  Read more....

Getting Involved with a Group or Program
Solidarity and collaboration are essential for our success. By getting involved with the Red Cross, you play a vital role in fulfilling our mission.  Read more....

Helping Internationally

With local action, you can have a global impact. The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network.  Read more....

Be an Advocate

Help us to support the Red Cross cause using social media. Read and share stories with the thousands of people whose lives have intersected with the Red Cross.  Read more....