For over a century, the American Red Cross has worked to improve the quality of human life, to enhance self-reliance and concern for others, and to help people prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies. Founded in 1905, the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region touches thousands of lives each year through a variety of Red Cross services and programs. These services are only made possible with the support of individuals and organizations like you. We are not a government funded organization. The American Red Cross is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.